Father’s Day is fast approaching, and I’ve been thinking about the valuable lessons my dad taught me over the years. There are many reasons why I’m proud of my father, but today I’ll just focus on one area where he truly left an impression on me—his remarkable work ethic.
Dad grew up on a farm in the small, rural town of Frost, Texas, where he was captain of the high school football team, the Frost Polar Bears (seriously, I’m not making this up). He was also voted most handsome in his senior class—even though there were only six other guys (and only four girls) graduating with Dad, this award makes me smile.
At 17, Dad moved away from Frost and headed to Dallas, Texas, where he worked stints with Reserve Life Insurance; General Electric; and Darr Equipment Company. Eventually, he took a position at J.I. Case Company (an agricultural and construction equipment manufacturer), where he never missed a single day’s work in all his years of service. Perfect attendance for 32 years!
“Always show up for work.” These words of guidance weren’t said out loud by my dad, but they were clearly demonstrated by his devotion to his family and his job. Simply put, my dad faithfully arrived to work ontime, "strapped on the harness," and didn't stop pulling to the best of his ability until his shift came to a close. For 32 consecutive years he did this.
I look up to my dad, and I’m grateful for the quiet, strong, and steady example he set for me and my brothers. All three of us are honored to adopt his work philosophy, and we carry it with us to this day. Dad, you make me proud, and I salute you on Father's Day and every day.