Updated: Jun 18, 2021
I recently went on a hiking weekend with my two “bookend” sons, Josh and David. We went to West Virginia, in the Canaan Valley area. We hiked in the Dolly Sods Wilderness and Chimney Top, near Seneca Rocks. It was amazing. The mountain laurels were at peak blooming, creating a snowy-white understory. The hiking was technical and steep. It was a beautiful blue-sky weekend.
I feel very fortunate to have children that want to hike with their parents! I also appreciate the strength to hang with my fit, young adult children.
Pictured are Josh and Jeff Hulett -
Picture taken by David Hulett
This hiking trip urged me to think of my late Dad. I think of him all the time. I compare my decisions against his beliefs. He still guides me. He is me. Dad taught me the title "Family Man" is a great honor. It comes with the great enthusiasms, a little heartbreak, and great responsibility.
My Dad was born to a poor sharecropper's farm family in Vermont. He was the first to go to college. He went to the University of Vermont and finished with an MBA from Syracuse University. One of Dad’s college highlights was meeting the great football player Jim Brown when they were both at Syracuse.
My Dad knocked down so many barriers so I would not have to. I am so fortunate, and so are my kids.
I miss you Dad.