I’ve already taken time to acknowledge my teachers and the people I work with for helping me be a better me – now time to tell you about my Mom and Dad.
As a child, both my Mom and Dad worked on the farm. I was blessed to grow up with this experience. They both taught me so much about appreciating and respecting the land we call home and the animals that inhabit it. I learned all about the process of farming, hard work, and most importantly what it means to stay dedicated and committed to achieving one’s goals.
Although Mom and Dad were both very busy on the farm, they were never too busy to support their children. We were number one. Mom always came to our sporting events, often driving students, and my Dad came whenever he could! They also made it a priority to give us the opportunity to have music in our lives. Once a week for several years Mom and Dad drove me to Saskatoon (about an hour from the farm) to take fiddle lessons from Everett Larson, an incredible fiddle instructor who had a strong reputation for helping youth learn to play the fiddle (see my post called “ What is your impact from July 2019” to learn more about him).
The learning I endured with my Mom and Dad as a child is precious. They continued to support my learning through post-secondary education to landing a career in teaching. Their unconditional support and encouragement was key – once again they never let us give up! When I started my teaching career I knew they had a significant role in all the learning I had accomplished so far but what I didn’t know was how much they were going to teach me about life as an adult and as a Mom. You see both of them kept working hard and kept serving even after their kids were on their own. Here is a little bit more about them in my adult life.
My Mom….she finally retired at age 74. She served approximately 20 years as an Educational Associate first at the Storefront School in Leask, SK and then at Green Leaf Hutterite Colony east of Marcelin, SK. She started this pathway when many of us would say we were ready to retire! My Mom is a natural teacher and caregiver. As a child, I was fortunate to always have her home. She served her children and many other young adults and children – her kindness and love for young people is an example we all need to live by. In fact, she still visits and keeps in contact with many of the kids she has worked with. The kids at the colony often call her to talk or check on the hockey scores. She has a real connection with those kids – with all her kids. She often takes them treats and stops to see them even if it’s through the window during the pandemic.
My Dad – well he has taught me a lot. He arrived at Hill View Farm near Marcelin, SK at 16 years old and still resides there at 77. That’s incredible – 61 years. Dad was a farmer his whole life and then for the past 20 years or so he did hail adjusting for crops all across Saskatchewan. I’d say he did pretty well for a man that only had grade 9 education. My Dad lives a simple life. I’ve often had to work hard to live in the moment – it is a constant challenge for me and goal for me. For my Dad, he just does it! In the spring of 2016, he was diagnosed with cancer, the kind you never get rid of fully. Although this presented new challenges, Dad persevered and stuck to his simple way of life. A lesson I think many of us can learn from. He continues to live one day at a time and enjoy it as much as he can!
Both Mom and Dad have been instrumental in shaping who I am today and I am so fortunate to have them! As I reflect on this, I’m reminded of how important the role of a parent/caregiver is. Be sure to give it your all because it really does matter!
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