Journal Jar Q10. How Did Your Father Support His Family?

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Very sexist question, this. Just saying.  Although in those days, 40-plus years ago, it was generally the man who was the breadwinner.

My Dad was in sales. When I was a child he worked for a childrenwear manufacturer, selling clothes to retailers.  Thanks to this job, I was always one of the best dressed children around according to my mother. There are indeed many photos of me looking particularly smart, especially when dressed up for birthday parties.

Dad moved to a different company, a Swedish manufacturer, when I was a bit older, and I remember having a lot of velour clothing at that time (and being a bit sick of velour, after a while!)

Eventually, after dabbling in many entrepreneurial ventures (orthopaedic beds and needle disposal machines being two that I recall specifically), my father became involved in selling Spanish property.

20-odd years ago, he and two partners started a company called Para.dor Properties. It was very much a case of being in the right place at the right time (as well as great business skills, obviously!), and the company was phenomenally successful during the Spanish property boom of the late 90s/early 2000s, and became one of the fastest growing companies in the UK at the time.

After a few years of amazing success, my father decided he wanted to retire, and the other two partners bought him out of the company, for a sum of money that even five years earlier would have been beyond his wildest dreams. Without wishing to be vulgar, we’re talking lottery-win type money. He couldn’t have timed it better, as the Spanish property bubble burst shortly afterwards.

It was a perfect end to a varied career, and to my Dad’s never-ending optimism and belief that the thing that was going to make him rich was always ‘just around the next corner’! It really was.

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9 thoughts on “Journal Jar Q10. How Did Your Father Support His Family?

  1. That is THE most adorable photo of your dad and William! 🙂 It makes me think that your dad is a success at supporting his family in ways both materially AND emotionally. Your posts that mention your parents are always so sweet, Caroline. The affection you feel for them is so clear in your writing.

    • Thank you, Kathleen. I’m very lucky to have such a great relationship with both my parents (and always have had) – we are a close family. As time marches on, and one faces the inevitability that one day they won’t be around any more, I think it makes the time spent together even more precious and valuable. 🙂

  2. I have a mental image of you, and your brother, dressed from head to toe in velour. 🙂 How wonderful that your dad was in the right place at the right time, then chose to retire at the right time too, and is now able to enjoy the benefits of all his hard work.

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