In memory of my father

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by RHooper, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. RHooper

    RHooper LawnSite Member
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    Hope you guys don't mind, but since today 09/23/09 would have been my father's birthday, and this forum asks who you are and how did you get started, etc, I would simply say that I am who I am largely because of him, and I was able to get started in this business 20 years ago because he believed enough in me and what I was trying to accomplish to invest in my new company, and help me get a start. Then, several years ago, he approached me with the idea that he had a little money he wanted to invest, and could not think of a better investment at the time than my little lawn & landscaping company. Again, he believed in me. My dad passed away shortly afterward, so Dad, on your birthday, Thank you for being you, so that I could become me !

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY
     
  2. g21

    g21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 326

    RH,
    That's a great tesitmony to share and I'm sure he's with you every day. Work hard at making your business something he would be proud of - I'm sure you are!
    Good Luck.
    Tommy
     
  3. pitrack

    pitrack LawnSite Bronze Member
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    That is an awesome story.
     
  4. RHooper

    RHooper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Hello Pitrack,

    I wanted to thank you for the response to my post. I appreciate you taking the time to do so.

    Rick
     
  5. loyd meeks

    loyd meeks LawnSite Member
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    What a great Dad. I'm sorry you had to loose him but he left a great legacy, You
     
  6. RHooper

    RHooper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    Well, I don't know about a great legacy, but I do try to use what he gave me all my life, and I try to pass as much of that as possible to my teenaged son. Thanks for the thought.

    Rick
     
  7. djfanintn

    djfanintn LawnSite Member
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    it's hard losing a Dad. I am sure he would be very proud of you!
     
  8. Shasta Lake Landscaping

    Shasta Lake Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 436

    Some things my father taught me.
    The measurement of my finger from the tip to the first joint is 1 inch...depth for planting peas.
    The measurement to the second joint is 2 inches...depth for corn.
    Return borrowed things in better shape than when you borrowed them.
    There are two types of trouble...one is the trouble you knowingly walk into, the other is trouble that just happens...it's important to know the difference.
    Walk softly but carry a big stick.
    if you have to use said stick, make sure who you use it on, doesn't get up.
    Grits is good.
    Foul language is a sign of a limited vocabulary
    Orion, the Big and Little Dippers.
    Everyone is a friend until proven otherwise.
    Licorice ferns, huckleberries, nettles, sword ferns.
    Tabasco won't kill you even if you eat it by the spoonfull.
    Don't watch the clock when you're at work.
    Fish can see you if you look over the side of the boat.
    Fish can hear you if you talk to loud.
    Respect the elders.
    Never go to bed angry.
    That which does not kill you will hurt like the dickens, but it will make you stronger.
    Family is the most important thing on earth.
    How to play the guitar, spoons, mouth harp, and water filled bottles.
    The true meaning of "Self Made Man"
    If you don't know something, go to the library and learn it.
    The phrases "I don't know", "I forgot", or "I tried (and failed)" are excuses.
    There is a difference between an excuse and a reason, know the difference.
    Take care of your apperance...even if it is just a t-shirt and jeans.
    The world can change everything about you, except your point of view...unless you allow it to.
     
  9. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,778

    Great story...welcome to Lawnsite!
     

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