The first harvest is in! I just love this time of year. As a young girl, I was a tomboy in a dress as I followed my grandfather around wherever he went. I remember him teaching me how to plant the garden, then tend the garden, and reap the harvest. At the end of a few hours of weeding we’d water it carefully and thoroughly, then we’d sit outside on the back porch sipping a cold beverage and look out at the fruits of our labor and we were grateful. The fireflies would appear and the street light in front of the house would go on. Then grandma would call me in for my bath. Such fond memories.

With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday I get a little sad. My grandfather was the male figure I had growing up, but later as an adult I was fortunate to have a step-father — and later my biological father — back in my life. We were blessed to have been able to form a loving and warm relationship that has left me with many fond memories of them as well. There’s a saying that any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. This I think holds true for a grandfather as well. I had three men who not only told me they loved me, but they showed me in so many ways.

To all the fathers out there, Happy Father’s day and to their children, cherish the time you have with your Dad or your Grandpa, for you don’t know how long you will have them and there isn’t anyone who can replace them.

“A dad is a son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love,” Unknown.

“Family: where life begins and love never ends,” Unknown.

So speaking of memories, Sean and I have been having a great week with our granddaughter, Hayley. We are so happy to have here for a visit. Being a grandparent is so much fun and these wonderful little people come into our lives when we truly need them most. As a grandparent, we are missing our children and we spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the past. Then the grandchildren come and their presence in our lives gives us joy and laughter each and every day they are with us. They leave us with happy memories and a desire to see them again soon. They may wear us out while they are here, but we sorely miss them when we have to give them back. The handbook for being a grandparent is so much simpler than being a parent.

There are only two rules to being a good grandparent: 1. Spoil the grandchildren. 2. Send them home.

Your weekly kindness challenge: Say “Hi” to someone who looks sad. Bringing a smile to someone and spreading joy can be that simple. Give it a try.

Save the dates: “Dirty Bowl 2018” play-off games Sunday, Aug. 19 and the Championship “Dirty Bowl” Game Sunday, Sept. 9.

Have a great week, spread seeds of love, and if you would like to book a day or overnight stay at the retreat, give us a call. If you have a heart-warming story, a thought or word of inspiration, or if you would like more information on how you can make a difference in your community by giving to seniors call, 501-253-4716, email, text or message me on Facebook through The Dirty Farmers Community Market page.