Sunday, April 3, 2011
Day 14: A Picture of Someone You Could Not Imagine Your Life Without
My parents are very kind and generous people, a few traits I know I've picked up by their example. I remember my mom always cooking for a family who was going through a hard time. Either they'd lost a family member, someone was having a medical procedure done, or anything else that can be a hardship for a family. I mentioned this idea to my boss once when a coworker of mine was being hospitalized and had a family at home. My boss didn't really seem to think it was necessary. I was a little surprised at first, but simply explained it's "what we do" where I'm from. My parents have also been generous in donating to "good causes" that come their way. They always support any high school student selling things or donate to foundations such as Parkinson's.
I've also had the pleasure of watching them run the farm together and how they treat their employees. Neither of them sits on a high horse; their employees are treated with respect and honesty. I've been told by several of my ex coworkers that I always seem calm even when I've got a million things happening; or I've actually had a resident say having me at work is "like a breath of fresh air." I think I get this part of my character from my dad. I've learned from him that it doesn't do any good to get worked up especially if there's a job to be done. Just stay calm, keep pushing, and eventually everything will get done.
I also owe my parents a TON of gratitude for helping me out when I moved to Oregon. The move would not have been successful without their help and I am absolutely loving it out here (but for those wondering, no, I do not plan on living here forever!). I love being at OSU and have had so many great opportunities presented to me, I couldn't ask for a better college experience right now! I've gotten used to the small town vibe again, the campus is beautiful, and I've really been getting everything I ever wanted from a college experience and I owe a big thanks to my parents for all of it; I wouldn't be here without them!