Dad and Mom came over this afternoon for a father's day cookout with my sister and my wife's parents. Dad is a baker now and a serious consumer of honey (about 600 lbs a month) but just today talked with me seriosuly about my bees and what I've been trying to do on my farm. It was nice since he has for the most part ignored the efforts. I sometimes wonder if it is because my interest was sparked by my maternal grandfather who kept bees after retiring from the machinists' union and a life time of work at Bendix. Dad did not seem too complimentary of Grandpa Gray when I was growing up and did not seem too enthused at my choice to name my first child "Gray". Dad and I have always been close, he was even my best man, but we have always also had a tension that seems to come from my unwillingness to agree as often as perhaps I should. I am trained as a trial lawyer and make my living representing doctors, hospitals, truckers and ordinary people who need a bit of advice now and then. This makes me a bit more likely to bristle at being told what to think or what to do, and this may lead to some of our differences. In any event, today brought back to the front of my mind the bond between fathers and sons. Dad and I do not always see eye to eye, and he is often upset with me for being too busy to call enough, but his simple interest in my bees and the trouble I have had with the recent floods which took most of my hives let me know that he may not say it, but he loves me and thinks about the things that trouble me with an eye towards fixing the situation. Funny, that is how I see my sons as well. I am forever trying to fix things for them so they can be happy. I thik my dad has been a bit distant because I have been a bit distant in that I am working too much. I justify it by telling myself that I have many families that depend on my efforts, but in truth, I can see after them and spend time with my father. He reached out to me today, so I will see that I reach back and pay more attention to what matters. Funny how a pack of bees can help a pack of humans.