Throwback Thursday #25 – Mentors and Role Models

Maggie is our hostess this week for the Throwback Thursday memories.
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Usually I write my responses off the cuff but today I shall use Maggie’s questions as a guide.

  1. Who were the people you looked up to as a child? Were they family or someone outside your family?
  2. At what age did you feel aspirations for your life? Who inspired you?
  3. Did you have a role model who was in the public eye, such as an actor or a politician?
  4. What draws you to people that inspire you?
  5. Have you lost someone you considered a mentor? How did that loss affect you?
  6. Has a role model ever disappointed you or let you down?
  7. Have you ever found yourself in the role of a mentor for someone else?
  8. At this stage of your life, what caliber of people inspire you to greatness?

I was brought up to respect my elders, so that would include my grandparents, great grandparents, uncles and aunts. I can remember visiting them but not them being mentors as such.
Teachers were always treated with respect, and when I was a young child, I was encouraged in subjects I was good at (music, English and maths) and not ridiculed for those I wasn’t. Grammar school changed all that and although I still respected my teachers, most had no time for me as a pupil, let alone an individual.

In my working life,  my ‘first boss’ was actually my Mum’s and I helped out in the packing side of things in the school holidays. He was a good man and thought a lot of my Mum.
Most of the bosses I worked for were OK, and one stood by me when I had my breakdown in the late 1980s. I am forever grateful to her for that.

I can’t say I had a famous role model or that one has disappointed or let me down.
I see people as human with their flaws, and even the most popular can fall from grace.
People who inspire me are mostly those here in WordPress with their challenges, but as for inspiration to greatness? I’ll take a back seat on that.

However, there is one person who was my inspiration, role model and mentor who taught me a lot, loved me for who I was, and was there for me when I needed them. My Dad. He understood me better than anyone and I miss him terribly. If you read this post, you will understand.
I am lucky in that I have Hubby in my life who understands me almost as well as my Dad did, loves me unconditionally and is always there for me. He is my everything.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Throwback Thursday #25 – Mentors and Role Models

  1. Maggie says:

    Di, thank you as always for responding to the post this week. It is such a shame when teachers either do not have the time or the inclination to try to inspire their students. I had some great teachers but none I thought of as mentors. It is also amazing that you had a boss that stood by you in difficult times. That does not always happen. I can remember a time in my life when the only time I didn’t cry was when I was at work – my life was a mess. I understand about having a father that you miss so much. When my dad passed, it left a tremendous hole in my life.

    • Thank you Maggie. Most of the Grammar School teachers did me no favours, but it was just the way it was as there were too many comparisons to my sister.
      My Dad died the day after my 40th birthday and I’d taken my cake into the ICU to share with the staff. It was not an unhappy day, just different. I felt privileged to be holding his hand when he died and to be there for my Mum who was holding the other when he left us. Hard to believe it’s 26 years this year.

      • Maggie says:

        I understand the comparisons – I was the youngest of four. It is such a shame when that happens. I was not with either of my parents when they passed and while I know that had to be hard, I wish I could have been there with them.

      • I was almost 300 miles away when Mum died. I’m glad that my last letter had reached her and one of the nurses had read it to her.

  2. Sadje says:

    Finding a role model in your parents is a wonderful thing.

  3. Lauren says:

    It’s wonderful that your dad was such a good role model and mentor. It is also great they you have your hubby as your great support.

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