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Where do they get this stuff Some people say that you are a sum of all of your influences For the most part I agree with these people I have had many influential people in my life I believe my friends people I have worked with schoolmates and even television has helped mold me into who I am today but I think the two most influential people in my life were my parents My mother and my father are very different From the way they grew up to the way they are now they have always been quite different My father is made from the fibers of hard work and he is a tough as nails stubborn old guy My mother is quite the opposite She is gentle caring and a deep thinker My father was a wild man growing up I know a lot about his crazy youth because he never missed the chance to pull me aside and tell mea story that you cant tell your mother I told you I always loved stories that began that way My mother also had stories about her youth but they didnt start in the same manner as my fathers Actually her stories were pretty wild in their own way too She would insist on telling me these stories when we were in a heated argument My father always worked so much that he was never around during our fights Even so my mom always loved to slap me with the dreaded Im telling your father when he gets home Then she would hit me with the stories of her youth My fathers stories showed how reckless my father had been growing up He told me many stories about going to Florida He said he would often pack up and go to Florida when he was about eighteen years old He recalled a time when his friends were going and they asked him
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