In my previous post “A Tribute to My Dad,” I wrote about how he influenced me on the importance of education. Another major influence came from my childhood hero, President Abraham Lincoln, and how he eagerly learned as a child. Both parents of little Abe were illiterate. His mother, Nancy believed in the importance of education. Schools were uncommon in the lightly populated areas. When Abe was about seven, a school opened nine miles away. His mother insisted to Abe’s father, Tom that children ought to be allowed to attend. Nancy walked the two children, Abe and his sister to school, 2.5 – 3 hours each way. It was a major commitment. The school didn’t last long, however the importance of education was impressed upon Abe’s mind.
The rest of Abe’s childhood and young adult story continued to impress me how persistent he was in his pursue of education and law in particular. He became the sixteenth President of U.S.A.
His humble childhood, his love and commitment in education resulting in his presidency were motivational and inspirational to me. I have been a lifelong learner because of the influence of my Dad and my heroes.