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  • Yes, my parents were pleased with my profession.

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  • My parents were neutral about my profession. Neither pleased nor displeased.

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  • No, my parents were not pleased with my profession.

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    Yes. Both have said so. Not sure they saw my path. They thought I would be a lawyer or go into the family business Iím sales and management. Graduated college and enlisted in the Navy. Pretty sure they werenít happy with that. But dad was a Air Force vet and understood. Mom just worried. Work several jobs and volunteered as a firefighter after I got out. Worked for my dads business for a few years. Just wasnít for me. Told my dad he had a year before I would leave. Got hired as a full time firefighter a few months later. Been here ever since and both are proud of me. They liked the fact I did my own thing and did it well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post

    You have a bad habit of proclaiming your personal beliefs as if they are fact
    - it's called self-confidence
    - I am sorry if you don't have it
    - should I preface everything I write with "In my opinion..."?
    - are you a Millennial?


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    I voted "yes" even though we lost my Mom before I graduated from grad school.

    I'm a retired government scientist and my Dad was a physician. He was always proud of my direction and choices.

    My only regret is that they never lived to learn that both of their grand kiddos would go on to succeed so well, they would have busted with pride.

    I should add that as I come from a family of veterans, my Dad and others within my fam were extremely proud of my (and my brothers') military service. Most of the guys (and some of the women) in my fam (dating back to the civil war, and presumably before that) served, and all honorably so. It's as big a deal with us as is our education and careers.
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    I would say yes, but more important to them was being responsible, hard working and paying my own way.
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    My Mom and Dad were very proud that I joined the NYPD, but they were nervous because I worked in Harlem and Washington Heights and nothing good ever happened there, especially once the sun went down. LOL---Sturgis
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    Quote Originally Posted by starlights View Post
    - it's called self-confidence
    - I am sorry if you don't have it
    - should I preface everything I write with "In my opinion..."?
    - are you a Millennial?
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    Based upon this and your many previous posts, you obviously fail to understand the distinction between arrogance and confidence.
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    Considering my Dad was career Coast Guard too, most definitely yes! When I made CWO he delivered the oath of office and presented me with his sword which he had engraved with both our names and dates of appointment.
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    I want to personally say how proud I am to know so many fine men and women who have turned out so well. Maybe we didn't all do what our parents wanted, or expected, but we did our best. No greater compliment may be paid. I think someone once said, "What you do in life is not as important as how you do it."

    Instilling our values about life in our children, grand children, and great grand children, is harder than ever. The difficulties of parenting today, when both parents usually have to work, is likely as difficult as it was 150 years ago. I pray we are up to the task of raising another "greatest generation."
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    Quote Originally Posted by G26Raven View Post
    My parents could never understand why I obtained a master's degree and went off to be an oilfield diver (it's a long complicated story). Whenever I came home when I was diving in the oil patch, my friend's parents would ask me, "When are you going to get a real job and quit this diving?" I know my parents thought I should have been a doctor or a lawyer.

    The meme below has floated around the diving industry for years, initially on T shirts that I remember seeing more than 30 years ago. Perhaps similar designs have floated around other professions, too?

    At any rate, I'm curious as to how many of our members here had parents who were pleased with what they chose to do to make a living?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWOUSCG View Post
    Considering my Dad was career Coast Guard too, most definitely yes! When I made CWO he delivered the oath of office and presented me with his sword which he had engraved with both our names and dates of appointment.
    That is great!
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    my mom was very proud. my dad died when I was young, before I found my career path.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MB53 View Post
    my mom was very proud. my dad died when I was young, before I found my career path.
    Great to have a parent who is proud of you.
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    Yes. My dad was in the Navy in WWII, and he was thrilled (as was my mom) I became a career naval officer. I'm not sure how he would have felt about me becoming a beltway bandit (USN contractor consultant). (He passed before my Navy retirement.) But I think he would have approved me building wealth after 24 years of sacrifice. I have no regrets of the career path I chose after disappointing them I chose not to attend law school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornhusker95 View Post
    My parents never approved of me being a dancer
    As I was shuffling through a stack of 1's from my wallet this morning while contributing to a going away gift, my deputy commented that I had quite a few ones. She about lost it when I said "yeah, I got a lot of tips while dancing over the weekend... I was on fire!"

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    My parents were very proud of my real profession (Air Force). However, I still ended up the black sheep of the family. Their loss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graydude View Post
    My parents were very proud of my real profession (Air Force). However, I still ended up the black sheep of the family. Their loss.
    I would consider myself to be the black sheep of my family, too.
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