If you haven't yet read 'Our Story,' I encourage you to do so before digging in here. Context is helpful to understand the message behind this blog.
My name is Tyler, and I have always enjoyed writing. Dad didn't fancy himself a writer, so he always encouraged me to exercise the muscle. I thought it fitting to launch a blog in line with our redesigned website, as that's something Dad would have enjoyed, and let's kick it off with an explanation of what this blog will be.
In the short time I've been back in Elkton - July, 2014 - I've learned a ton about how a vineyard and winery operation works, some of which through trial and error. I expect this education to last forever - which is something I was looking for in a career. The best part about all this learning: a lot of it I feel like I'm learning directly from my dad.
Growing up, I worked with Dad a lot and learned intimately his particular style of direction-giving. Consequently, when faced with a new scenario - for example, hooking up a gooseneck trailer to the Ford - I step back and think, "Now what would Dad have done?" And I tap into his line of thinking. Though the projects take a bit longer than if he were there saying, "Hey here's the easy way," eventually I get there. However, when I accomplish something like hooking up the trailer, I'm immediately posed with new challenges like loading bins carefully, strapping them down securely, driving, backing up, etc. Now typically I would feel reluctant or intimidated to take on projects like this, but with a smidge of experience and Dad's presence, my confidence is boosted.
Carrying on my father's legacy is a task I always thought about, but was scared to jump into, that is, until the time came I was nudged. Of course if I could rewind the clock and work alongside him, I would. This scenario, though far from ideal, is as comforting as it can be.
Dad is the vineyard and the vineyard is Dad. He'll continue to guide us through projects and we'll continue to thrive under his watch.
So stay tuned for lessons learned and fun rural adventures!
Thanks for stopping by,