“You’re only dancing on this earth for a short while” – Cat Stevens
So what’s with the name Son of Something? The short answer is, it’s my last name. From Spanish origin the name Hidalgo is broken down into “hijo de algo” which directly translates to son of something. My Grandfather Pedro Hidalgo was a sheep shearer and worked in the orchards of California. My Father worked in the orchards as a young man as well but became a train engineer after going to Vietnam. I myself worked every job under the stars and never found anything as meaningful as farming.
“The first generation works their asses off, the second generation goes to college and the third goes to Cancun” – George Carlin
My Mother and Father gave me the ability to become whatever I wanted. Although they themselves never went to college I had the opportunity to be the first in my family to graduate from college in 2016. A late bloomer I was and also in finding my passion but I had a lot to live up to. When I was younger my mother would give me a “thinking” cap to wear and I would stare at the clouds and dream. She instilled my compassion and desire to dream big. My father worked hard for what he has and came from meager beginnings. Through him my hardworking ethic and drive was formed.
“…Be the change you wish to see in this world” – Mahatma Gandhi
Farming is no easy task and there is a reason farmers had so many kids. I am lucky that I have so much support from my family to pursue a different kind of dream. I would think that most parents want there kids to be lawyers, doctors and engineers. I’m sure most parents also want their kids to be happy but what about the dreamers that want to make this world a better place? In order to be that change we wish to see in this world we have to work harder, sacrifice more and care for one another.
“Family: Father and Mother I Love You” – what you learn as a child and come to truly appreciate as an adult.