When she was not teaching a class of first-graders, my Mother sold Amway. Mom was so focused on becoming a Diamond Member that she bought and read several books to become a better saleswoman. Many of them I have kept, studied, highlighted and hold true. Her all-time favorite is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. She even made my brother and I write a summary of few philosophies from the book.
After 40+ years of teaching middle school biology and GED classes, my Dad started HLJKidKapers and published his first book – “Who Stole My Letter”. He didn’t read any books on business, marketing or selling and his favorite book is the Holy Bible, King James Version. I have the copy he gave me for Christmas.
In it he wrote, “Dear Jennifer, this is the number one best-seller of all times. It’s a story that is told and retold throughout the ages. It takes a while, but I want you to know the story.” Love Dad,1988
Even as I write this entry, looking at the photo, I notice how they cared for me. My Mother, balancing me with one hand, while I try to stand on the sofa. My Dad, holding me with both hands, cradled I guess. As I reflect on all their lessons, having knowledge of self and curious of what my future holds, I say “Thank You” for loving each other enough to bring forth Jennifer L. Jones (JLJones500), Educator and Entrepreneur.