A father's role in the life of his children is very important. What he says to them can greatly influence their behavior or self concept. Positive words of wisdom can shape their life for life. While on the other hand, negative words can break their spirit. Throughout the book of Solomon it is written, "My son heed to your father's instruction." Solomon the wisest man knew the importance of relating important instructions to his sons. It is said that one's father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters. Teachers cannot take the position of a father. The role of teachers are to educate while the role of the father is to nurture and train. Train up a child the way he should grow and when he is old he will not depart from it.
My late father, Vassel Oliver Hyre, was a very wise man. It was his custom or habit to quote a proverb to me whenever the need arose. These wise, clever sayings were expressed in short sentences. He has left me a legacy far more valuable than lands, silver and gold. When I was a child growing up in Jamaica, older folks took it as their responsibility to share many of the proverbs written in this book with their off springs and my father was no exception.
Much wisdom can be gleaned from everyday proverbs that older folks pass down to their generations. These should be used when needed in conversation. For example, if your child does not see the need to complete assignments on time then the proverb, "Procrastination is the thief of time," would be a relevant proverb to quote and explain.
These powerful, popular, proverbs have helped to mold my character throughout life . Even now, quite often when speaking to my siblings or others, I love to quote the sayings of my father by remarking, “And as dada would say.” By understanding life through these powerful, short, sweet and sometime spicy words, as my fellow Jamaicans would say, I made wise choices that lead me to be the successful woman I have grown to become , and still aspiring to be.
My desire is to empower my present and future generations by sharing these powerful and popular proverbs in writing. My hope is that parents and significant others will rekindle the tradition of our fore parents who delighted in sharing them with us , this rich legacy that was passed down to them and now to us.
As you read them, do take the liberty to glean whatever message or messages they might convey to you that were otherwise not stated. I have written the interpretations the way I understood them, then and now.
Many of the proverbs in this book will be relevant to different age groups. Use them wisely and accordingly.
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