Dairy Makes Sense Blog
Ask anyone who knows me and they would tell you that I am a “Daddy’s Girl.” I look like my father and as much as I hate to admit it, sometimes act like him. My dad is a dairy farmer, which means that my siblings and I grew up riding in the tractor, hanging out in the barn and enjoying rides to the orthodontist in a grain truck.
June is a time to celebrate all things dairy and this weekend is Father’s Day which makes it the perfect time to celebrate all our dairy dads.
Here are three reasons why I love my dairy dad:
1. Love for family and agriculture
I grew up watching my dad provide care for each and every animal on our farm, including our farm dogs. I remember one time begging dad to let me join him in the barn at 11 p.m. to help two of our cows give birth. His love for farming is what inspired me to join 4-H and FFA which lead to my career in agricultural communications. Despite all of the grumbling I did when I was younger, I couldn’t be more thankful for the time that I spent picking rock, feeding calves or milking cows. Sunday morning milkings were always a great time for “dad” talks and will be something I will treasure.
It takes a lot of patience to raise five kids and own a dairy farm. My dad was always willing to help us with 4-H projects, attend sporting events and put up with all our crazy shenanigans. He always puts family first and is a great example of what a strong work ethic looks like. I wasn’t always the easiest child to handle but my dad loved me anyway, even when I ate a prize winning gum ball at Hardees after a dentist appointment.
3. Our friendship
On my wedding day, my dad and I danced to “Daddy’s Hands” by Holly Dunn. The song is all about how no matter how tough your dad can be, there is always love, and I couldn’t think of a better song to describe my dad. He taught me right from wrong and instilled in me a passion for dairy cows. I don’t always get to see my dad all the time, but we talk at least two to three times a week. I treasure all the advice that he has given me and how I can always count on him to be there for me.
This weekend, I am especially thankful for my dad. Happy Father’s Day to all dairy dads, you rock!
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