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June 10, 2016


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Through A Father's Eyes

When I saw my son Lincoln for the very first time, I knew my life had changed. There was something about this small, vulnerable human being that made me want to protect, teach, and love him all at the same time. His dark blue eyes stared at me inquisitively.

Colton Jones & SonHe hadn’t made a peep since he entered the world. His mother was being cared for in her hospital bed not far from her son and me. Her task had been hard and exhausting lasting, three days. She looked beautiful. I watched her as a sense of pride and relief washed over her. I looked back down at my son. The nurses had been measuring his height, checking his lungs, heart rate, ect. He gave me a subtle smirk as he peered in to my eyes. It was at this moment I became aware of the array of roles I would play throughout my son and my time together on earth.

Father & SonMy father was a diesel mechanic and a glorified man’s man. He seemed to run from the time he got up in the morning, to the moment he would lay down. Growing up he would wake up at 4:00 a.m. and make his morning commute to Lincoln Nebraska, where he eventually would manage a freight fleet at Cornhusker International. We lived in a beautiful two story colonial type house that he had stripped down and rebuilt to my mother’s and his likings. It was near a small town called Bennet, about 30 miles east of Lincoln.

Father & SonHe would get home right at dinner every night. After we ate, he would invest the time that remained in the day fixing a bike, repairing the family cruiser, listening to a story, and settling domestic disputes between my brother and me. I swear the man was the epitome of patience. The guy hadn’t been able to keep his own fishing line in the water for more than 5 seconds for years until my brother and I finally became coordinated enough to catch fish instead of everything else that surrounded us including each other at times.

Father & Son in TractorAs time passes, the familiarization of fatherhood is constantly taking me back in time. Back to unanswered questions as to why my father did things with such specificity and consistence, pride and purpose, patience and poise.

Father & Son watching Buffalo HerdMy son is now 2. Raising him along his mother’s side has made me realize that my dad was providing a template for fatherhood, a guide that would take over a quarter century to pass on in full.

Family PhotoNow, I consciously and most of the time unconsciously follow this guide that has been ingrained into my mind. When the timing for a moment of encouragement or discipline occurs, my father’s classic “thata kid!” or “you better shape up” phrase instinctively comes out of my mouth.

Father & Son For everyday of fatherhood that passes, I am thankful for my father’s guidance, and for my son. Together, they have given me a life that allows me to relive moments of love, joy and wonder. Only this time, I get to watch these moments through my father’s eyes.

Colton Jones is the sourcing manager for Wild Idea Buffalo Company, and Dan & Jill’s son in-law.



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Jeanie Cheney

June 10, 2016

What a beautifully expressed tribute Colton. Lincoln is so very blessed to call you daddy.


June 10, 2016

Colton, I knew in time you would realize what a wonderful Father you have, he was always there for you as you were growing up and so proud of you. So glad you remember all the good time you had and the lessons you learned from him. He hasn’t changed, up at 4 and off to the job He really does miss you boys, living so far away, but he like you have great memories. Your article brought tears running down my cheeks remembering the good time we all had as all you boys were growing up. So proud of you finally telling your story. Your Father really needed to hear that. Be proud, as you look just like you Father….Love Grandma

Molly (Luby) Heng

June 10, 2016

What beautiful words! Your dad must be so proud of you and all that you have accomplished in life, especially becoming a father yourself. Congrats! Your family is beautiful!

Susan Seeman Pozehl

June 11, 2016

Beautiful tribute to your dad, Colton. I can see what a wonderful father you are, too. I am proud to know you!

Georgene Erickson

June 11, 2016

Well said, Colton! Beautifully commemorated and engagingly written. It’s quite endearing, to see you “merge” the generations. Lincoln is a wonderful addition, to our family, as are you. The pictures have (of course) been saved to my album. Much love, to all of you, and Happy fathers Day.

Christy Day

June 11, 2016

What a gloriously written tribute to Fatherhood! Thank you.

Bruce Green

June 11, 2016

Recently read about a statement attributed to Jim Rohn who said that we are the average of the five people we spend most of our time with. Seems to me that Lincoln’s life will be way above “average”. May God bless you and your family.

Barbara Dina

June 11, 2016

I am so thankful to be able to “follow” you all. Every post is an inspiration.

Laurie Hamilton

June 11, 2016

Thata kid, Colton!

Linda Huhn

June 11, 2016

All the reasons to support families and to preserve our country, our society, our economy, our Earth.

sande pedro - Marathon, TX

June 11, 2016

Authorship certainly seems to run in the family……Mom, where are you??


June 11, 2016

Inspiring real life story and clearly an ideal example for all fathers to note.


June 12, 2016

J’adore c’est formidable vive cette great fammilly.

Kim Horn

June 12, 2016

Thanks for shsring this lovely tribute.

john collier

June 12, 2016

What a great Father’s day article and beautiful Tribute to your father and the future responsibility to help and guide your son for his future…….!!!!!

Gail Buchanan

June 15, 2016

Such a touching tribute straight from the heart. Fatherhood looks good on you!

AJ Jackson

June 15, 2016

What a wonderful tribute to both your father and the responsibility you share. I wish you many happy years of fatherhood with many joyful memories!


June 20, 2016


With any father, you want the next generation to do better. Guess what? We are doing just fine and on track to Lincoln’s generation. Let him know that when he thinks he is too old to know everything,he needs to do his part to make the next step with his family. Always better. Always work harder, put in the hours and provide and love his children more and more every hour of the day. Even with events like, Colton don’t put that in your mouth, Colt your fishing line in in the tree’s, Colt why did you tie your horse to the bumper of the car….found that one on the way to work bouncing behind the car. That way ugly. No animals where harmed in that prank. I love you, always very proud of both my men, live with a very clear mind. Happy Fathers Day! Thank you. Dad.

Bob York

June 21, 2016

Awesome tribute, to your Father. I’m sure Lincoln will be praising you as time passes. Time flies, but I think you’ve got a handle on it with life lessons passed on to you. What a great team you have around you too.

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