At what age did you recognize your parent's wisdom?

    To misquote Mark Twain, he was 21 and amazed at how smart his father had become in just a few short years.....

    +6  Views: 1463 Answers: 8 Posted: 8 years ago

    My mom used to quote that quote to me. It does make sense.

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    I joined the Royal Navy directly from leaving school at 15, on my first visit home in more than a year I thought my Mother had a completely different personality, little did I realise that it was actually me who had changed, I'd grown up.


    She probably hardly recognized you when you came home. Did you lie about your age to get in ?

    Didn't have to Julie, I joined the "boys service" 18 months of hell until you moved into the senior service a little older but a lot wiser, doesn't exist nowadays, looking back it was some of the best times of my life.

    To misquote even better.  I think this is closer to his actual quote.

    When I was 19 my father was the stupidest man I knew, when I turned 21 I was amazed at how much he learned in just 2 years. 


    Thank you. But I WAS close……..

    I don't think I have it either but we both got the drift of it. :)

    Here's the s'posed' actual quote:
    “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

    THAT’S how I remember it. Thanks. Saves me some looking up….

    Not yet!

    When I look back at what my mom did, and how she stretched a dollar, fed six kids, ran a house, kept us all out of trouble, and all made a successful life for ourselves.  When I became a parent, I think I had a better feel for how truly smart she was, in her own way.  She had to leave high school before senior year to work to help support her family, back in the early 40's.  So she was basically self educated.

    HILARIOUS!!!! (I'm trying to be nice here)



    That cracks me up, CB :-D

    My parents WHAT,,i honestly do not know if they had any wisdom,,mother tried to blow father legs off with a shotgun,gun misfired,,father probably beat the hell out of mother,,do not see any wisdom there,,,,,,nope none..>>>>>><<<<<<<

    I think it really doesn't hit you until you have kids of your own. My late husb used to say that when his daughter got married and had kids, she said to him, " Dad, you know all those things you used to tell me ? ........Well, you were right !! 

    That just made him so happy.

    I thought my mom was smart, nice and beautiful at about 5. my dad about 9, when i saw him studying every nite to become a carpenter. But when he read out loud and gave lectures to us kids about politics or Jesus Christ I thought he was an absolute genius. I was right. Plus he was funny and told great jokes, even though he did not know they were jokes. My dad was the most fun and hard working great man I ever saw.  He died last year March 2014, from a leg blood clot.

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