Men teach us how to be men. Women teach us how to be gentlemen. That in mind, what five women have made you the man you are today? Not just your mother, or the girl who put fire in your blood for the first time, but the women who taught you things no one else could. To begin.
1. My mother
After my fathers death, my mother took up the burden of guiding my sister and I through our later lives with a strength greater than any man. I won't bore you with the story of my families struggles an such, I will simply tell you what she did for me. My mother taught me the value of knowledge, and romance beyond love, of lust for life, and of the nobility of the individual, partly by demonstration, and partly through intentional education. She also taught me how to be a world class bartender and how to drink like a champ.
2. My Sister
Not a tomboy so much as a woman without an ounce of fear in her, my sister took it upon herself to teach me what women want as I started dating, educating me in the proper manner of romancing a woman every step of the way. More than a cliche older sister, she has also been a devoted friend for 51 years, and stood by me no matter how many mistakes I made, remaining the keystone of our tiny family.
3. Melissa Mullens
My college girlfriend, Mellisa was the first girl I ever loved. She absolutely broke my heart, and made a better person for it. We connected, we spent time together, and she absolutely broke my heart, and I grew up. Decades later Melissa is married and we're both old farts and good friends. Never judge someone for one poor decision. Learn from every choice.
4. Yoshi Makata
Wife of my psychiatrist, and endlessly tolerant of my fractured psyche, Yoshi has taught me more about tolerance and wisdom than any other person I have ever met. Kind and polite, and always ready to listen, I am not afraid to say that I have been in love with her for a long time in a certain way, mostly platonic. Together she and her husband are a profoundly important part of my life
5. The Contessa Elise Germaine
The Silver Fox. Is she a countess? I have no idea. No one knows. She has been my opponent in business since the very beginning. She is the great enigma. The challenge. The feminine Ideal to my Faust. She is brilliant, skilled and to a man my age beautiful. She has taught me what I really want out of another person, and that is the one. And that is her. The hunt has begun.
Begin my young friends. Let your hearts and minds guide you to the truth, and then find these women and thank them for what they gave you.