Monday, August 13, 2012

Somebody Else

We recently completed an addition to the boys' tree house in the backyard. The work was made somewhat easier because of the base platform we could use, but it still involved a lot of blood, sweat, and beers (after the day's work was completed of course). And several trips to the nearby home improvement store, whose jingle the kids now know by heart (although I prefer substituting the word "spend" for "save" before big money).

I like to view such activities as learning experiences for the children. So when this particular project was finished, I took the opportunity to lecture remind them who and what really made this achievement possible.

You know, there are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans with tree houses who agree with me, because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve got a tree house, you didn’t get that on your own. You didn’t get that on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, Well, I must have a tree house because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. I must have a tree house because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. If you have a tree house, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to have that tree house. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a tree house, you didn’t build that, somebody else made that happen.