I’ve heard the story so many times, but it always makes me laugh. In the moments after I was born my mom called her dad to let him know the good news that I had arrived happy and healthy into the world. “She looks just like her dad,” I can imagine my mom beaming into the phone. Never one to miss an opportunity for sarcasm my grandpa responded, “She has a beard?” Obviously, no. But the head of thick black hair certainly threw the nurses, who on more than one occasion brought my mom — a blue-eyed, blond hair beauty — the wrong baby. Although my parents went on to have three more kids, not one resembled my dad the way I did and still do. Looks are one thing, but the older I get the more I realize just how similar I am to my dad. Work ethic is a big part of who we are. I don’t remember long speeches or lectures on the value of working a long day, instead I just remember my dad working hard to achieve his goals and never hesitating to help me reach mine. When I woke up early on Sunday mornings to do a paper route (which I had for nine years), he woke up with me. To this day, when we vacation together we set up a “work station.” As he demonstrates, if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. While there are many my age who couldn’t or wouldn’t want to work with their fathers I recently had the pleasure of signing a contact with my dad’s newspaper company. This fall, along with my awesome team at M3 Group, we’ll put our heads together to host the first-ever craft beer festival in my hometown of Lapeer. I can’t think of a better way for us to spend Father’s Day this year than working together on something we are both excited about. Perhaps the only better news is that while I am a lot like my dad, I still remain beard-free.
Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.