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Sweet Spring Surprise: Daughter Erin Pays a Visit

By Hank Will, Editor-in-Chief


Tags: family, farms,

Hank Will and Mulefoot piglet.Erin, my eldest daughter and I are more likely to pay one another visits on the comment pages of this blog, than in person. It isn’t ideal, but yet another way that we keep some connection going. Imagine my excitement when Erin, who is between quarters in the Social Service Administration Master’s program at the University of Chicago, called to say she would like to come to the farm to wind down for a few days.

To say that I was excited would be an understatement, but suffice it to say that Erin jumped in her VW early yesterday morning and arrived at the farm around 5 PM. We had a wonderful visit and supper that consisted of smoked beef brisket and banana cake. I had been working on wiring the new shop all day so I fell asleep early; her arrival was an awesome ending to a productive day.

Erin Patrick and Polaris Ranger

I know the dogs and other animals are tickled to have Erin around too. Valentine and Jack, our donkeys are especially pleased with the peppermints she feeds them. I look forward to another couple of nights of visiting and at least one lunch date too. And hopefully, we will get her car into the barn before the hail hits (if it hits) later this afternoon. I’d hate to send her home with a dimpled reminder of her most recent visit.


Hank Will raises hair sheep, heritage cattle and many varieties of open-pollinated corn with his wife, Karen, on their rural Osage County, Kansas farm. His home life is a perfect complement to his professional life as editor in chief at GRIT and Capper's Farmer magazines. Connect with him on .