I have often loved to listen to the elders in my life to glean some of their pearls of wisdom. Sadly, so many seem to be neglecting or discounting this wonderful wealth of knowledge from lives lived well. Thankfully, I have a little book on the shelf now titled Papa’s Pearls by Diane Flynn Keith which I am so blessed to have reviewed and can reference his wisdom which he passed onto his family.
About Papa’s Pearls and Diane Flynn Keith
Papa’s Pearls: A Father’s Gift of Love and Wisdom To His Children and Grandchildren tells the story of how my father transformed his own life as a Depression Era street kid on a fast track to prison to become the archetype of a successful self-made man who was also a loving father.
The nurturing customs, practical advice, and life success principles (learned through the school of hard knocks) that he dispensed to me, my siblings, and his grandchildren, can be used to transform your life, achieve your dreams, and strengthen or rebuild bonds with your family.
Diane Flynn Keith is first and foremost Papa’s daughter. She was born and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula, where she and her husband reared their two sons.
Diane is an alternative education specialist, parenting coach, and author of the popular book, Carschooling: Over 350 Entertaining Games & Activities To Turn Travel Time Into Learning Time. Many homeschoolers may recognize her as the Editor-In-Chief of Homefires.com, and is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in education outside the traditional classroom walls. Diane coaches thousands of parents through her websites, writing, private consultations and speaking engagements. To help parents and children reach their full potential and enjoy the extraordinary lives they deserve, Diane is sharing the wit, wisdom, and loving heart of her father through Papa’s Pearls.
Papa’s Pearls is available in paperback for $14.97 or in Kindle format for $6.97.
My Thoughts on Papa’s Pearls
I absolutely adored this short title and am blown away by the wonderful tribute it is for Dian Flynn Keith’s father. He truly shared a wealth of wisdom in word and deed with his family. And, now, others can be part of that heritage.
I can’t say that there is a particular pearl of wisdom that stood out to me from the book. Instead, there are so many great ones that I plan to share with my own boys.
One particular saying that seems so fitting at the moment for our family is “Ya Gotta Do What Ya Gotta Do.” Our big trip to visit family has had it’s share of unexpected obstacles. Instead of getting bogged down into the mire or dwelling on having to change plans. Instead, we’ve had to make those changes and do what we had to do even if we didn’t feel like it. I’m definitely going to start applying this phrase to my boys when they get the “I don’t wanna’s” for doing chores or schoolwork. Far better to learn at an early age that you sometimes have to suck it up and get the job done, no matter how unpleasant, than to have a rude awakening in adulthood.
I definitely recommend this title to anyone seeking some pearls of wisdom for their own life as well as to maybe help guide you down a good path as a parent and grandparent. With 17 chapters in just over 100 pages, it won’t take long to pull the wisdom from Papa and start applying it in your life.
What little pearls of wisdom do you remember from your elders?