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School of life: Learning from parents during pandemic

Posted at 9:21 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 22:21:05-04

From the pandemic to the protesting, it's more important than ever to focus on the family and teach the next generation.

Travis Moore posted that school might be out, but the school of life goes on for his son Hunter.

"We're teaching them tricks of the trade," Moore said.

He started learning the furniture finishing business from his dad when he was 12.

"My dad and I were best friends," Moore said.

And now that Hunter is 12, Moore wants to pass along the same knowledge and life experiences.

"My dad and I worked together for almost 25 years before he passed away," Moore said.

He also wants to build a bond that will last a lifetime.

"I thought this is super cool," Hunter said. "I'm going to go to the shop!"

Instead of sitting at home bored or playing video games, Hunter is learning how to carry on a family tradition at this location since 1972 -- repairing and refinishing furniture, guitars, and more.

"Right now, we're fixing a lot of pianos," Hunter said. "That's what people are taking in."

But Hunter is not the only one enrolled in the school of life.

"My wife and I, we both talked and said, 'Okay, we're taking them to work with us,'" Moore said. "We're going to teach them something everyday!"​

Hunter's sister, 10 year old Kenzie, is learning from her mother, Tyler, who owns a mobile dog grooming business.

"[My job is] Holding them while she's doing their nails, calming them down, and holding their muzzles whenever they don't fit on the dogs," Kenzie said.

They're two peas in a pod.

"Basically, we're totally alike in everything we do," Tyler said.

The school of life is an everyday affair for the Moore family. They're passing along traditions.

"There's something about knowing how to use a screwdriver or a saw or a router or something like that, that makes life different when you get older," Moore said. "So, it's really cool."

They're also making memories.

"If we were in the corporate world or something, there's no way we could have life the way it is now," Tyler said.

You might say what this family is doing is exactly what the world needs right now.

"​I think working with my dad is a lot better than working with a teacher," Hunter said.

"I like spending time with my mom and being with her," Kenzie said.

"They'll remember it forever," said their mother, Tyler.

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