This weekend was a very special one at the University of Illinois. It was Dad’s Weekend, meaning that there was a lot happening on campus and even though it was a cold day, the football stadium was almost full, at least for the first half of the game…
While this weekend is special on all of campus, it’s especially treasured at 4-H House. The dads come from all over to bond with their daughters over a football game, pizza, or a show. This weekend my dad and I went to the chilly and pathetic football game, but still enjoyed ourselves. In the evening we ate Monical’s pizza and enjoyed a performance from the University of Illinois Men’s Varsity Glee Club.
The extra time in the afternoon and at night were spent primarily in the living room at 4-H House because on Dad’s Weekend, my dad doesn’t just look forward to seeing me, he looks forward to talking to the other dads. Many of the 4-H House dads are farmers from all over the state. They love to talk to each other about farming, woodworking, fix-it jobs, and of course their beautiful daughters. They are happy to help their daughters out by fixing up the little things like tightening doorknobs or rewinding the grandfather clock.
My dad finds a lot in common with the other dads because many of them come from a similar place. They are men that work in the agricultural industry, an industry that values family, helping out, and doing-it-yourself. Paul Harvey’s speech says this better than any words I could ever string together.
These men are more than just farmers; they are handymen, scientists, volunteers, and so much more. But most importantly, they are dads.
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