. . .for my sweet tooth - for my love of ice cream, pies, cake, peanut M&M's, brownies, black & brown cows on Sunday afternoons.
. . .for my pride in John Deere tractors - there is nothing like being a farm kid whose Dad owns a John Deere store.
. . .for my respect for agriculture, the land and work ethic (well he might of thought mine could be stronger, but I seriously couldn't of had a better example of doing what you needed to do because that is how you lead your life).
. . .for my lack of patience - because I think he got my share also - I will never know a more patient man in my life (my husband is a close second) - and believe me I tested his and Mom's patience as a teenager, every last freaking ounce- I truly don't recall my Dad ever losing his temper (well maybe once when I took off out of the driveway in my '72 Mustang and threw gravel but I probably deserved to be beaten with a big stick a few other times!).
. . .for my sarcasm and love of corny jokes.
. . .for my love of cattle, I can remember getting to go feed with Dad, hauling cattle to the stockyards at night and a few walks thru the pasture.
. . .for my love of morning - I'm not always as cheery as him but I can't hardly sleep in - my Dad has always thought the world started turning at 4:30am EVERYDAY - no matter where he was, even in Colorado visiting my sister he would stay on Indiana time and rise and shine that much earlier.
. . .for my desire to see all 50 states - to this day I have seen 46 mostly thanks to him and Mom - he has seen 49 - missing only New Jersey and he says he really has no desire to see that state anyway!
But mostly right this minute I blame cancer for taking him away from these 11 kids who NEED him:
to come to school programs, softball & basketball games, 4-H livestock shows, high school graduation.
to be there for family dinners for no good reason on a Sunday afternoon.
to talk over which colleges they would like to attend.
to hide Easter eggs - because nobody hides an Easter egg like my Dad (Mom would always find at least one 6 mo. later-he was that good!).
to teach them to make the world's best homemade ice cream and eat it with them.
just to watch them grow up - they deserve to know him!