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5 months ago

Better Man

Day 8 Start a Journal My

Day 8 Start a Journal My grandpa, Bill Hurst, was a journal writer his entire life. His journal was quite simple. He just kept a small notebook in the pocket of his pearl snap shirts and jotted down a short description of the things he did and the people he did it with. This is something he did pretty much every day for his entire life. He also kept extensive diaries of his time as a forest ranger in the Wasatch Range. About 12 years ago, my grandpa took all these diaries and daily journal entries and began to write his memoir for his children and grandchildren. The finished product was a 500-page behemoth filled with stories from my grandfather’s life. Here’s just a few of the interesting things I learned from reading it: • My grandpa met my grandma by hitting on her while she worked as a telephone operator. • My grandpa helped pay for college by playing pool. • He worked as a sheep herder during the summers in high school and college. He gives a very descriptive account on how castrating sheep is performed. He did it just like this. • He has a scar from when he was hit by a car while racing his horse through the streets of his boyhood town. The horse died. • As a boy, his family traveled by horse and buggy. There’s more. Lots more. But while the stories are interesting, what I found more interesting was the commentary my grandpa gave on different events in his life. In these moments, he passed on some insights and lessons on what it means to be a man. My grandpa’s memoir is a treasure trove of