My father had a no-nonsense approach to life and we were all taught to value education and discipline.
If you don't work around the house, you don’t deserve a meal.
And this has taught me to not take things for granted.
There was no TV in the house. I like to say dad was the chief censor.
He scrutinised all reading materials to ensure there was no explicit content for consumption.
I buried my head and heart in English literature and spent time listening to the Beatles to master English for communication.