Day 16: More than just Farmers

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…

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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.

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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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