My first inspiration is my Grandma Dot. Dorothy is her real name, but we all called her Dot or Dottie. Just the look and thought of her brings a smile to my face and a race to my heart. She was as loving to us as....well its unmeasurable......
Now she was strong and opinionated too. Never really had to wonder what she was thinking. She just told you right out. Many great stories about her. Dot was also the first person who introduced me to the thought that someone can make their own wine. I remember as a very young lad grandma picking the grapes of her little grape vine in her yard. My brother Brian and I would help her. We made it a contest of who could get the most grapes in the basket. He won usually. I really liked to eat them more than put them in the basket. Grapes were about the only thing I liked from Dot's or my parents garden. Grapes and watermelon!
After we gathered all the grapes Grandma would then make the magic happen! It amazed me that from the grapes we picked she would make jelly and jam. I think she even used them in her zucchini bread. I also remember down in her basement she would take to grape juice she made and put it in glass jugs with balloons on the tops instead of lids? She then told me that this was going to be wine for the family. How could a grape make wine? She explained it to me and I tried to understand the best I could. I just found it so exciting that so much could be done with simple fruit grown in her back yard.
Now both my Grandmas taught me the importance of what we can grow on our own and what all we can make and give back to the family from their gardens. My moms mom, grandma Jet, was really great at canning and making jellies, jams, applesauce, and apple butter. She was a great cook! At her house in the hills of West Virginia just about everything had to be cooked in a cast iron pan and blackened just a little. They all use to say that eating whatever with a blackened edge would put hair on your chest. Sounded good to me. Grandma Jet was so sweet to us! I always looked forward to the long drive to her house. We would always stop at Hawks Nest to get a West Virginia hotdog smothered with sauce and coleslaw and stretch our legs and look for miles and miles from the top of the mountain. Once we got to Grandma Jets I would smile so big because I knew we would be staying for a while and all the adventures we would have that you couldn't have in the city, shooting guns, hunting for snakes, looking for bears, and fishing.
My Grandmas, Mom, and Dad are the ones who gave me the inspiration of Mother Nature. What all it can do for us and what we should do for it. Respect in a way, admiration in another.
My parents are the striving philosophy behind me and the business. Paying it forward and giving back. My parents never were millionaires, but they give all they can to others in not just money, but hard work and dedication to others. They make me proud everyday, and I strive to do the same for them.
If you'd like to hear some really great stories about good ol Dot, check out a book written by my cousin call Two Thousand Minnows.
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