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Brock: Remembering my 3 mentors on Father's Day

Three of the best mentors I've had are the fathers in my life. Good mentors are folks who you learn from, not so much what they say but more about the way they live their lives.

My dad, rest his soul, taught me a man's word is his bond and to treat others like you would want to be treated. I learned from him if you give an honest day's work to your employer, you will never have to worry about making a living.

He taught me to say "Yes sir," and "No, ma'am," and never to swear around a woman or child.

I was in high school before I found out he even knew how to swear. But, as a career military man, he was more than capable. Beside the art of swearing, he taught me all the important things in life, like how to fish, hunt, drink beer and play baseball.

I thought he was about the smartest man on Earth until I reached high school. Then, there were things he did and said I didn't agree with or understand.

When I became a father, if it was not easier to agree with those things, at least I had a better understanding of the why.

I have also been blessed to have my father-in-law, George Naumann, as a mentor.

George is one of the most talented people I know. George built his own dream house and is one of those guys who can do just about anything with little or nothing. I've watched him change u-joints on a '67 Buick Skylark with a crescent wrench, channel locks and a pry bar.

No one loves his family and friends more than George, and he would do anything for them. He raised three kids who all graduated from college on an electrician's salary while working at the same aluminum plant for more than 30 years.

In his free time he cleaned a church school, moonlighted as an electrician, all the while building his dream house.

He seldom misses a Sunday church service and his strong faith doesn't allow him to worry. When the aluminum plant he worked at closed near his retirement date, I worried more about it he did. I marveled as he told me the Lord had a plan and would provide.

The third mentor I learned from is my son, Justin.

I marvel at the wonderful loving relationships he has with his wife and daughters. To better meet the financial needs of his family, Justin started pharmacy school after the birth of his first daughter.

The demands of school or his current demanding profession never keeps him from giving the most important gift a father can give to his family: quality time together.

Happy Father's Day to all dads who are our first mentor and, along with our moms, the most important people in our lives. I hope you have a great day spent with your kids.

Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him at hbrock@thedickinsonpress.com.

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