Sunday, October 28, 2018

“Don't limit your challenges; challenge your limits.” - Jerry Dunn

You know, never in my life did I expect to love golf, let alone pick up a golf club other than a putter for mini-golf. To be honest, I really enjoy playing golf with my dad and having that time together. But never in my wildest dreams did I expect one of my offspring to want to play golf or even try it.

As I’ve mentioned before, Teagan tried golf about 2-years ago. She kept asking me when I was going to take her golfing, and at first I thought it was just a fad because she wanted to ride in a golf cart. Here we are, 2-years later, with a kid who genuinely loves the sport.

Last Sunday, Teagan had golf practice and the weather was miserable. It was in the mid 30’s, and the wind was blowing as if there was a hurricane approaching. About 20 minutes in, Teagan turned to me and said, “Dad my hands are freezing.” First of all, my fault, I should’ve brought some better gloves for her. I said to her, “T, we can get going if you want, it’s no fun to play in this cold.” Without skipping a beat, Teagan said, “Nah, I’ll stick it out. I think I can last a little longer.” So on we went. I carried Teagan’s bag for her so she could keep warming up her hands between her shots. She finished her golf practice with her team, cold hands and all. All she asked for at the end of practice was to “crank the heat in the truck on the way home.”

Anytime I encounter a situation where I’d rather take the easy road out, I immediately think of Teagan and what she’d do. One of the most amazing gifts since being a dad is to have a kid that not only gives you motivation, but genuinely has a passion and see their love for it. It’s a great feeling to have a heart filled with warmth and gratitude.