Teaching children by example, Part 1

This comes from a chapter of Diana Garrett’s interview in Labors of Love: The Legacy of Inherited Wealth, Book II. Excerpts from this unusually uplifting story will continue in the following two or three weeks.

“My father’s family business is in the small town in New England where I was born. Growing up in a small town helped create a sense of security and rootedness in me that reinforced the confidence with which I think I was born. Because my parents had very egalitarian views, my siblings and I never felt that we were superior. It was only after I left home that I began to get a sense of how we might have been different from our peers.

Both my parents gave us a lot of encouragement to go out in the world and do good works. There was a clear message that you had a responsibility as a human being to be constructive and creative, and to contribute to society. But they didn’t make us do anything. Instead, they led their lives in a way that taught by example.

To be continued …

From Barbara Blouin, Labors of Love: The Legacy of Inherited Wealth, Book II, Inheritance Project, 2002.