10 years ago today we lost one of the greatest people to ever walk this earth. My papap Hank would have been 77 years old now, and so often I think about what life would be like if he were still around. I mean I can only imagine the commentary that he would provide in todays social and political climate. In all of my years, I still haven't come across someone that is more well known and respected as him. No matter where we went, Papap always knew someone or worked with them or was on a committee with them or something or the other, I was lucky enough to spend 14 years of my life with him, but boy do I really wish that I could talk to him as the man that I am trying to become. So many of my goals and ambitions in life are centered around wanting to be like my grandfather and my dad. Two of the smartest and handiest guys you will ever meet. If I can be half of the man that the two men before me were and are, I will be in damn good shape.
My dad texted me today and reminded me that this song by Earl Thomas Conley was a song that they always had to listen to when they were on their way to hunting camp up in Pigeon, Pa. The song was released in 1985, and ended up being his tenth number one on the country chart.
Miss ya down here Papap. Keep guiding us down here!