By Penn Smith
Last updated 2011-02-17
People ask you during the course of your life what sort of person are you. Seems a rather nebulous question and I've never bothered too much about pondering too much what the answer is, you know ... I am what I am.
And it's only sitting down and thinking this thing through, that I've realised that my father had a great influence on me. By example I mean, you know ... he wasn't a hard man or anything like that. He was very warm and very generous. He was a hard working type, he had a great belief in what he actually did, the quality of the work that he was producing, and he had this sort of ... quiet dignity in the honourable intent of his own labours - very respectful of his fellow man and ... I'd like to think that, yeah, I've picked up quite a bit of that.
It's made me focus on myself. It's not a subject that I really warm to greatly - pondering my own navel or anything like that. ... I suppose there's a sort of ... it's the appreciation of I am what my father actually made me.
It gives me a glad feeling, in actual fact. I'm glad I've picked up a lot of things from him, things that I hadn't actually recognised before but they are there, they've been sort of latent in me. Whether I've wanted to pick them up or whether I really didn't want to pick them up is immaterial - the fact remains that, you know, it happened and here I am.
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