Generation Next

. Hunter Gray Haynie .

Who will be at the helm?

At this age I am blessed to have 4 sets of little feet, each finding comfort in grabbing ‘the wheel’ and learning to set ‘their course.’  If they are anything like their parents, that direction will be a positive one.

Shipmates

Shipmates 2011

I believe to the greatest degree that each generation improves upon the previous one – the technology of today continues to structure new concepts to daily life as compared to the parents archaic experiences.

Gray, Hunter, and Mom

Gray, Hunter, and Mom

A career in the fire service provided me an insight to accepting this very normal progression of improvement.  The methods of those fire-officers that I worked under thirty-five years ago was harsh; non diplomatic, and with little to no tact.  It was accepted then.  I smile when I think of those early days when the fire-officer packed up his men and equipment and promptly left a fire scene leaving much of a persons ravaged (from fire) possessions wet and strewn about in the front yard – along with the resident! – And those folks thanked us as we drove off!!!!

It was apparent there was room for improvement, compassion, and change.

Tom, Gray; @ 6

Tom, Gray; @ 1988

When it was ‘our’ turn to take ‘the seat,’ that progression brought about a much greater sensitivity (and responsibility) to the communities needs – it evolves still. The fire-service has indeed improved through generational change.  As a parent, I have found this analogy to be so similar – each generation takes basic information from their parents then improves upon that standard of care.  In looking back its easy to feel as one of those officers to my family; an example – one of which they could choose to improve upon.

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Of course with this all said; a long overdue family visit from Gray to the lake wasn’t going to be all play – I always like to save some special time for those very special people;

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Mowing

My Dad was never one for ‘just sitting around,’ so special time means there was time put aside to – mow, to paint

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 and maybe a few other things along the way!

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but still plenty of time to feed the ducklings

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and still time to play hide-n-seek on the evening boat ride

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more time to watch Mom’s do goofy girl stuff,

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– time to play in the dog’s water,

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– and even time for some paddles with Dad.

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We even found enough time (mowed there also) to visit great-great-grandparents in Georgia

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and then a quick trip to Delaware to visit even more relatives

don't stop yet son

(with yet more).

Licia, Gray, Hunter Haynie

Licia, Gray, Hunter Haynie

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The two plus weeks held plenty, it was a fine visit.  Thanks Licia and Gray – plus, BIG congratulations son after graduating USD with a Bachelors degree in Engineering, we are really proud of your efforts, decision-making, and achievements along the way – you are indeed setting the bar a little higher, as generations go.

Measuring up

They are – measuring up

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