Happy Birthday to our Dad Today. Although he’s no longer here to celebrate in person, he’s on our minds often and especially Today! In your honor Today, Dad, I’ll be enjoying a couple of your favorite chocolate chip cookies!
With five children in the house you can imagine how quickly a box of chocolate chip cookies can disappear. Every time I see a box of Freihofer Chocolate Chip cookies I smile and think of my Dad. He would “hide” his box of cookies in the same cupboard and even the dog knew the hiding spot. Our dog would be sound asleep in another room and would appear at my Dad’s feet waiting for her cookie as soon as he opened the cupboard! The rule was, we couldn’t have a cookie until the box was open. My Dad was a real joker and would sneak his hand in the side of the box without actually opening the box. The cookies would be half gone before we realized what was happening!
Our Dad, Jay, was the third generation to manage Ketchum. I think he may have been happier working on a farm. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed tinkering around the barn and working with the horses. He was my Grandfather’s only son and as these things sometimes go, sons are steered toward the family business.
Gary & I are lucky, we got to work with Dad for about 11 years before he became ill. We still feel his influence at Ketchum, customer service and our employees’ well being were important to him and I think that carries through with us Today. We strive to manufacture a quality product and maintain courteous customer relationships. Our employees are like family to us, most of them started working for my Father and some worked with my Grandfather. We sure do benefit from their knowledge and experience.
So in honor of our Dad’s Birthday, enjoy a chocolate chip cookie! I know I’m going to.