Monday, June 20, 2016

Fathers Day

I hope you all were able to take some time yesterday and reflect on the impact your father, grandfather, or other male figure had in your life.  I know I did.  I have often thought about how blessed I have been to grow up on a farm where I was able to work side-by-side with my dad and grandad for so many years. That experience shaped me in so many ways. I still remember the day my grandad told me he thought I had what it takes to be a farmer. (I was probably 8 or 9 years old.)  We learned a lot about farming, but it didn't end there.  The many life lessons were  learned also. I was able to glean so much from the men in my life because they were present.  Now that is what I am striving to provide for my own children, to be present. The learning opportunities and teachable moments will come around, but we have to be there in order to capitalize on them.  So... thanks dad, and both of my grandads, the greatest present you ever gave me was your presence.