Remember last year when I posted…
When I tell people I have 4 sons, many get a sort of deer-in-the-headlights look on their face and just nod. Or they say things like, “Oh my, ___ fill in the blank____” I thought, how can we share the reality of living in a house full of boys?
So today I have a special guest author – Favorite Third Son writing about what it was like growing up third of 4 boys.
This is the second in the 4 part series called Growing Up Tisch. You can check out Favorite First Born’s here…
And now… Favorite Third…
“Friends come and go, but family lasts forever.”
A quote the Tisch family has lived by for many years. I can still hear my parents saying it every time one of their four sons moved to another chapter in their lives.
I heard it when I moved away from my friends in Minnesota. I can still hear it when someone tells me they lost a friend. It’s a quote that really speaks volumes about our family.
Growing up Tisch is something most people will never be able to grasp. We’re all crazy, creative, and crushing the chimera.
Crazy is a word you can’t really define, pinpoint, or wrap your mind around. Yes, all of us 4 boys have done stupid things in our lives and have gotten in trouble for it.
There have been times our parents have been disappointed in all 4 kids’ choices. There have been times we have all been afraid to come home to accept our punishment, but that’s not what I mean by crazy.
Crazy to the Tisch family means taking chances on things you believe in without caring what other people think.
It’s dropping out of college your senior year to start your own business. It’s leaving your friends and family to go fight for your country. It’s flying out to California to pitch a TV show idea, and it’s being able to get up at the break of dawn every day to work out for college baseball.
That’s Tisch crazy.
Creativity has always been a big part of our family. It all starts with our parents and runs deep throughout our family. Our parents are some of the most creative people you’ll ever meet.
Our dad has been a part of teams that have created multi-million dollar brands in the food industry. Our mom, on the other hand, is probably better than any of the DIY or “flip it” shows out there.
All four kids are creative but creative in different ways. Whether it is business, teaching, TV shows, or sports. We all have different ideas.
But that’s not all creative means to us. It means taking an idea, thinking about the roadblocks, and where the idea is going to go. Our old man always told us, “If you throw a rock in a puddle, where are the ripples going to hit.”
Being creative to a Tisch is in the process, the journey, hitting the roadblocks and figuring out how to get around them. Having ideas are great, but being able to take that idea and do something it is where the creativity comes in for a Tisch.
Crush the Chimera
Growing up Tisch there was a lot of encouragement for using our imagination, believing in fantasy, and following dreams. A chimera is an unattainable fantasy, dream, or a figment of your imagination. It’s the dreams that aren’t reachable or can never be done.
Not to a Tisch! To us, chimeras are just challenges.
We all have high goals and set the bar high because that’s how our parents raised us. We take fantasy, dreams, and our imagination and make them a reality. In our family, we think we can do anything; because in reality a lot of my family does things we were told we could never do.
We are willing to take chances, leap towards our dream, and get everything we can out this life.
Growing up Tisch is something other people might not understand because; we are “Crazy, Creative, and Crush the Chimera.” We don’t care if we get judged. We don’t worry about what people think.