Tales & Traditions: Justin Parker- Miami, OK
After starting the interview and photo process for this story over six week ago I am so excited to finally be able to share this goodness with you. This is truly a 'dream come true story' and I think you will love it.
Take a look into Justin's story here:
"As a kid, you spend many years of your life being asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Many young kids aspire to be firefighters, police officers, teachers, veterinarians or even doctors, but none of those occupations were in the mind of a certain young man from Oklahoma.
When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, a young Justin Parker would state matter-of-factly that he wanted to be a cowboy on a ranch when he grew up.
“When I was little kid, I told my mom and dad I wanted to work on a ranch and shoe horses when I grew up,” said Parker “Shoeing horses was probably the worst idea I ever had, but I succeeded at both goals,” said Parker with a chuckle.
Justin grew up watching his grandpa shoe horses, so the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree in their family.
“We didn’t have tractors so we did everything with a team of horses,” explained Parker. “Grandpa always shod his own horses. That’s where I picked it up from.”
Parker’s interest in the western lifestyle easily spilled over into play time and toy selection as a kid. While others were getting their cowboy toys from the store, Parker got his toy horses, cows and small pens from his grandpa – all custom built and perfect for the operation Parker dreamed of having.
“I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if it wasn’t for my grandpa. He inspired me,” said Parker.
The lessons Justin learned from his grandpa combined with his childhood dream of being a rancher created a passion that was nothing short of a force to be reckoned with.
It’s been said that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. With determination and the example set forth by his grandfather, Justin Parker is no exception. From a young age, he was determined to pursue his love of the cowboy lifestyle and took every chance he could to pursue his dreams a bit more. Now, Justin spends his days working as a cowboy and his nights playing cowboy at rodeos – or in his eyes, living the dream."
Read the full story and see ALL of the never before seen photos in my upcoming book 'Tales and Traditions: the Steadfast Faces of Agriculture.' Details on the release date and how to purchase will be announced as soon as possible.
Be on the look out for more excerpts and photos coming soon!
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