By Clay Gerfen
The story that stands out me is "Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark." It stands out to me because it reminds me of my dad who is one of the hardest working people I know. The only person in our family that could work harder than him when I was younger was my Great Grandpa. My dad and my great grandpa were very close before he passed away a few years ago. That was one of only two times that I have every seen my dad break down and cry. Dad had learned everything that got him started farming from my great grandpa. He was my dad's biggest mentor and he says that its because of him that we are what we are today.
As a teenager I had more than one role model because when you grow up in a community of farmers its hard to pick just one. Everyone that I would talk to was helping you learn something whether I realized it at the time or not. The things I have learned have made me a better person and help me view things in different perspectives as I evaluate things.