You Can Only Make Him a Few Shirts


The Failure    

During confirmation instructions, Pastor Diers pushed each of the boys in the class to consider becoming a minister. He thought that the best method of doing that was to send them off to high school at Concordia High School in Austin, TX.

Herb thought that this might be an interesting career, and it would get him out of studying college-level chemistry three nights per week. There was a donor in the church who would have covered the costs, so financing the education was not a problem.

Herb’s mother felt that he was too young to go off to a boarding school. Pastor Diers said that many who did not go off to boarding school were lost to the ministry because they developed other interests while in high school.

Herb’s mother countered that he was too young to go off to boarding school.

Pastor Diers said that at this point in Herb’s life, the only thing she could do for him was to make him a few shirts. His mother, besides being a trained chemist, was an excellent seamstress. This did not set well with Herb’s mother, and all discussions of Herb going to Concordia High School ceased.

Herb did not go off to boarding school and ended up in a career based on what he had been learning around the kitchen table for the previous few years.

Herb’s cousin, Eddie, went to Concordia where he met another student who was the son of a beer distributor. Stories indicate that they regularly brought cases of beer into the dormitory, but never got caught doing it. As Eddie got a little older, it occurred to him that he would love to be a pastor if the pay were better, so he ended up becoming an engineer.

The Lesson                 

Never carry a discussion to the point where Herb’s mother gets irritated.

The Success   

Herb continued his chemistry studies around the kitchen table, and after spending time on a Grand Tour in SE Asia and chasing his dream career, he got back to doing what he learned at the kitchen table and was extremely good at what his mother taught him.


Author: Herb

In January, 2010, I left corporate America, and now I have my own business. Since I have never been able to focus on one item (Does that make me a scatter brain?), I divided my company into three divisions: Kayak guiding and instructing - specializing in nature kayaking, Building materials consultant - specializing in cements and forensics, and Writing - Stories w/ life lessons and construction books that are fun to read. Published books: The Stucco Book - The Basics, Animals I Have Hated, Grandpa, Help! Answers to Questions a Young Lady Would Never Ask Her Parents, Grandpa Helps Grandparents, Living with Cancer – That Intense Houseguest, Homes for Jubilee (June, 2016), and Kay pou Jubilee (in Haitian Creole) (August, 2016). Forthcoming Books: The Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer Book, The Stucco Book - Forensics and Repairs, and Failing My Way to Success.

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