HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
REFLECTING ON A FATHER’S GUIDANCE
As a dad myself, reflecting on Father’s Day this June makes me think about all the recent changes in our nation and howwe spend time with our kids. While things have felt different for most of us adults, for my oldest son, it’s business as usual. He’s 6 years old, and every day at the dinner table, we both share how our “workday” has been. I’ll tell him, “I had some guys take a tractor over to the new project we’re working on,” and my son will reply, “Well, we took our equipment trailer down to south Orlando and worked 5 hours in the heat, Dad.” He’ll keep talking about his operations, no doubt mirroring the kind of conversations I have on the phone with my guys. He has a funny imagination, and he’s been running an imaginary branch of our business for a while now. Fromwhat I hear, it’s going pretty well! While national economic changes have caused devastation for many in the past fewmonths, there’s also been a significant silver lining. I have a lot more time to encourage my kids and do what’s important to us as a family, like watching church online, reading the Bible while hugging my little ones, and staying connected. Sometimes they even hop in my car and watch me work in the gardens — they get to see what I do for a living and participate in our garden at home. As I reflect on Father’s Day, I realize that my business wouldn’t be possible without my dad. My dad worked in an office, so we didn’t really get to see what he did every day. However, he always encouraged me to work in the yard. He bought a mower and paid me $20 every time I mowed the lawn. Back in the day, that was a lot of money! But our lawn was so large that mowing took me an entire
day. Still, while we did our chores around the house as responsible kids, we got paid for chores that required a lot of effort, and it helped build our self- esteem. I used to mow lawns across the whole street, and I made a couple hundred dollars a month when I was 13 or 14. Again, a lot of money back then! My dad also supported me as a young adult. He helped me buy tools and was one of the first people (along with my sister) to give me money to launch my first business, Higher Power Lawn Care. That was 20 years ago already, and
BLG Environmental — started in 2006— has grown beyond my initial imagination.
IT MAKES ME THINK: MY DAD HELPED ME FIND NOT ONLY MY CAREER BUT A PASSION FOR THE OUTDOORS THAT HELPS ME TRULY RELAX AND SUPPORTS MY DREAMS AND AMBITIONS. WITH ANY LUCK, I AIM TO DO THE SAME FOR MY KIDS.
Man, time has really flown since then. You don’t really realize how fast life is going until everything stops. I like to think that gardening is one
ambitions. With any luck, I aim to do the same for my kids. Especially if that means hearing more about my son’s landscaping adventures over dinner.
of the many ways we can connect with ourselves despite whatever may be going on in the world. Some of the wealthiest clients we have actually mow
I hope that our nation will be in a much healthier, happier spot in June, but regardless, I hope that you can stop to smell the roses this month. Feel the sun a little bit, enjoy the wind, walk the dog, and give a dad you love a call. We’ll see you in the yard and catch up more next month.
their own lawns! They did before the crisis, too. It doesn’t matter how big their estate is. They do it themselves. They like to spend time outdoors, and we’re only there for the detail work. It makes me think: My dad helped me find not only my career but a passion for the outdoors that helps me truly relax and supports my dreams and
WE MAKE YOUR OUTDOOR AREAS BEAUTIFUL
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