Table Talk – Meaningful Work by Barbara Johnson

Today’s Table Talk is by my good friend Barbara Johnson. For years I’ve heard story after story about the crazy jobs her husband has laid on her boys. He’s completely counter-cultural in his approach and has endured many an eye-roll from his family.  I couldn’t help being struck especially by the sprinkler system endeavor. Think about the hundreds of dollars spent on coaches, tutors, conferences, you-name-it to build confidence in our kids. What this father gave his son by letting (okay making) him do a job outside his comfort zone was worth any penny they might have lost if the kid had done something disastrous like hitting the water main. They couldn’t have paid for the confidence that resulted in this major effort that would daunt many an adult. When they told me about this story, I had to have
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