Dear Mom and Dad, From A Stock Show Kid
Dear Mom and Dad,
It is hard to put into words how grateful I am to both of you for all the time and effort you put in for helping me be successful in and out of the ring.
Mom: Thank you for setting my outfits out the night before a show and making sure my boots matched my shirt for the next day. I am not entirely sure if I would have matched if you were not there to help me. You would bring enough hairspray so my hair would not move the entire day, and always made sure I had a smile on my face walking into the show ring. You bent over backwards making sure I knew my animals in and out, in case the judge would ask me a question while in the ring.
Dad: You held the halter next to T-Bone, Chuck and countless others while I watched you walk around the farm yard, and then eventually moved to the end of the halter and put me next to my show steer. Thank you for being there through this transition. Thank you for watching me take the rope by myself while you took a step back. I am so glad that you were there every show weekend to help me load all my stuff on and off the trailer and driving all over the place to shows. I don’t think my little Ford Ranger could bear that much weight.
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for making my show career successful because without all your help, I would not have gotten this far. I hope you think the long weekends away from home and the cold nights in the barn were as worth it as I think. Thank you for smiling through it all and helping me keep a positive attitude when it was difficult at times.
I love you both. Thank you for giving me the world.
Whether you are the stock show kid reading this or the parent of a stock show kid, don’t forget to say thank you. Something that I keep close to my heart is how my parents would handle the placements in the show ring. Whether I would come in first place or last place they would always be proud of me, saying that it does not matter where I placed, but how well I think I did showing my animal. You do not get the moments back from these times, but you have the memories that will last a lifetime. As I continue to grow up, I realize that those memories with my parents are ones that I will never forget. As the stock show days move behind me, I continue to thank my parents for everything they have done for me and continue to do for me, in and out of the show ring.