“Remember who you are and where you come from.” My sweet daddy branded this on my forehead and anytime I left the house, he repeated this. You see, my dad was and still is well known throughout the states of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, because of being a successful business man. From childhood to high school, college and beyond I always lived with knowing that I couldn't do anything out of character because there is always someone nearby that knows my daddy. In essence my daddy was saying; don’t do anything you don’t want me to find out about, don’t embarrass me because someone is watching, don’t get in trouble, don’t make me come and find you.
With that said, there have been some funny occasions that led us throughout the state, or elsewhere and somebody asks how my dad is doing – there he is again, somebody still knows my daddy. Another time, I had a job interview in downtown Houston, went to lunch with the person that interviewed me and before I had gotten home, my dad had already been told of my lunch because someone in the restaurant knew him, (it was not funny at the time), but we can chuckle about it now.
My sister and I took this one step further and have branded it on Matt, Andy and Katy from day one of their childhood and beyond. They did not leave the house or the ranch without reminding them to remember who they were, because there would always be someone that knew who they were. There is not a show barn that my nephews go to without somebody knowing them and relationships they made as young boys become very valuable as businessmen. The cattle that Katy and Ryan have purchased recently became open to them because of who she is, where she came from and who she knows.
So jumping forward, my grandchildren are going to be reminded that their parents are respected community leaders and business owners and will once again get the brand on their forehead from their great-grandfather that says “remember who you are and where you come from”, because somebody knows who you are. I know they are growing up, fast, but they need to be taught to be proud of who they are, the characters that are to be formed and that they are valuable…..never hurts to remind them! Start now….even if it sounds like a “warning” to some, it worked for 3 generations from a sweet man with a thunderous voice. -- Lee Ann Scasta
Like mother like daughter - read on the family page about being proud of who you are and our lesson at home this morning.
And I'll be taking a break over the Christmas holiday so it may be a few days before I write again!