It goes by way too fast

By Joey Bailey, NDFB Director of Organizational Development

Eighteen Summers. I was reminded recently that you only have 18 summers with your kids. That hit home for me as our kids are entering middle school and high school. Time seems to go faster and faster every year.

Summer is the best time of the year in my opinion. It is finally nice enough outside to do all our favorite hobbies. My family spends a lot of time in the show barn every summer. We show pigs and set big goals with those pigs. We walk, rinse, and feed the pigs daily. It is great quality time with family, and they meet a ton of friends at the shows.

These show pigs don’t only teach our kids how to win and lose, they teach our kids about responsibility and hard work. You don’t win without putting blood, sweat and some tears into the equation. Even if you put in the work, you aren’t guaranteed to win. It teaches them to be humble and kind to their fellow competitors. It also teaches them leadership. I’m amazed how much they are learning at these events and how they are willing to help a new family.

This summer has been especially hectic with the late spring; I feel all we do is run, run, and run. But I am trying to take it all in and embrace the chaos because we only have 18 summers, and I will never look back and say, “I spent too much time with my kids.”

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