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Parenting with a Story by Paul Smith

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THIRTEEN

Positive Mental Attitude

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

—ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Finding out a hurricane is about to bear down on your hometown isn’t the kind of thing most people get excited about, especially when they’re eight years old. But then, most people aren’t like Jayson Zoller.

Jayson grew up in a town in central Florida called Winter Haven, where his father ran the local hardware store. The store was open six days a week, so his dad had to work a lot of hours. “You had to hustle to make a living in that business,” Jayson recalls. But he also says, “Some of my best memories growing up were during hurricane season.” And it was because of that hardware store.

Starting at around the age of eight, Jayson ...

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