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A Tribute to Happiness

Posted by admin on July 1, 2013

This week we celebrate the Fourth of July in the United States.  A highlight in my childhood was participating in parades, yes multiple, during the Fourth of July.  My father purchased a 1913 Titan tractor when I was young.  If you are a math whiz, you know that the tractor would be 100 years old this year.  If you’re not a math whiz, you know anyway now.

Each year, without fail, my dad would load up the old tractor and hit the parades in the neighboring towns.  While all the parts were not original (show me something that’s 100 and still original!), he loved to drive it down the main streets of Small Town America to celebrate Independence Day.  The tractor is loud so he made quite a grand entrance without even trying.  People were always intrigued about how it worked and that as old as it was, it still did.

July of 2012 was the last time my dad would drive the tractor.  We did not know it at the time, but within a few months, my dad would die.  I made the decision that year to surprise my dad and attend one of the three parades he was in on the Fourth.  I am SO glad I did!  He was excited to showcase his tractor and I was thrilled to be by his side.  My oldest brother drove his older tractor as well so it was a great family event.  My dad was 88 years old, driving a 99 year old tractor.  His goal was for them both to reach 100 years!

This year, my oldest brother will be driving the 1913 Titan in Dad’s honor, a tribute to the legacy of an incredible man.  My other brother, my two children, and I plan to walk the parade alongside the tractor.  I feel so honored we are able to continue this aspect of my dad’s legacy.  More important than his tractor, my parents raised four incredible kids.  Each of us is compassionate, giving, and thoughtful, willing to help others when needed.  This describes a part of my dad’s legacy.  Yet, the focus of living life to its fullest, being truly happy, and sharing your happiness with others is what kept him running smoothly for 88 years.

“I’ll catch ya later, Dad.”

Here’s to your happiness!

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