Certain holidays, like the changing of the seasons, allow you to measure your growth and remind you where you fit into life’s cycle. Father’s Day is one of those days for me. I remember one Father’s Day in particular. My dad and I went to visit my grandparents. They had sold their house the year before and were living in senior housing. On the ride there my father told me stories about how his dad had been raised on a farm, but in his adult life went to work at a factory to make a better living for his family. However, my grandfather still loved the earth, working with the soil and growing things. Starting in the spring and through the summer during the growing season my grandfather would plant and maintain this huge garden. One of my father’s chores was to help weed the long rows of vegetables. My grandfather would remind him before he went off to work to “weed a row before you go”. This meant that Dad had to weed a row of vegetables before he went off to play. My grandmother would can or freeze as many vegetables as she could and then give the rest away to neighbors and other seniors in town.
My father told me that he had visited my grandfather earlier that spring and that he had seemed a little sad. He missed his garden at the old house. As we got off the highway and started up a back country road leading to the senior housing complex where my grandparents lived, my father spotted a garden center. A huge smile appeared on his face. He pulled into the parking area and said he had an idea. We scrambled through the garden center picking up huge clay pots and window box planters. We grabbed bags of potting soil and a few gardening tools and lastly we selected some vegetable plants and herbs. We loaded up the car and continued on to my grandparent's community. We spent the rest of that father’s day planting vegetables. I remember how happy my grandfather was as we organized the vegetables around his little patio. He told me stories about the huge vegetable gardens that he grew when he was young on the farm and all kinds of stories about my Dad when he was a boy. It was a great day. I discovered how with a little effort and creative thought you can make someone truly happy.
-By Ben Mishico, President of Hello! Home Care