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Father's Day 2023—To the Men | Maple Grove Hot Springs

For all the hard work up here, this land is graced with some pretty soft men. Thank goodness.

⁠Soft around the edges, the egos, the energy. ⁠

Today, we collectively celebrate fathers, and in doing so, we take note of the masculine rock that we find daily in our community. ⁠

⁠It is our belief that being a father figure rarely requires kids. Usually, instead, it requires care. Care for neighbors, crops, communities, and the collective.⁠⁠

Self-care? Well, not so much, but that changing too. ⁠

⁠The natural masculine gift and the nurtured tendency for hustle, work, compete, complete, and GO GO GO seems to be widening these days to create lanes for a more expansive definition of who men are and what their roles can be. ⁠

⁠A softening, if you will. ⁠

⁠On a daily basis, we see men love this land with a heart bent toward stewardship, not ownership. ⁠⁠

We see men step up to needs with a mind toward service, not selfishness. ⁠

⁠We see uncles, brothers, friends, and fathers take to the pools with a tone of curiosity and kindness. ⁠

⁠We see children observing men who cry, stretch, nap, giggle, sing, dance, ask, listen, and, yes, who also unpack the car, start the fire, cook the meal, and carry the stuff. ⁠

⁠We see softness dancing with stability. And, as is so often the case with a father-like feeling, ⁠


⁠Cheers to all the men out loving on our communities with care and kindness!


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