Adam Forsmann named Father of the Year
Below is the essay written by Laney Forsmann that earned her father Adam the Father of the Year award from Prairie High School’s Prairie League.
To My Wonderful Dad
Thinking back to all the good memories I have made with my dad is unexplainable. There have been so many lessons, learning experiences and memorable times, all packed into the last 16 years of my life. I don’t think that there is a single word to explain him. He has taught me so many things like new post moves in basketball to driving a stick shift pickup (that is still in making). Anyways, my dad is the best guy I have met and I can’t show how much I appreciate him.
One of the earliest memories I have with my dad is gathering cows. As we would be walking through the open hills, I would try my best to keep up with him with my tiny short-legged body. I followed in his footprints that he would leave behind, but my little legs could not keep up with his enormous strides. So I would skip a little here and there, and never let more than a few feet between us. Things like that showed me he was strong and never afraid of anything, especially when a cow or two would try to escape. That is exactly what I wanted to be like, and still do. Every time I don’t feel comfortable doing something, I know that he is right behind me. Support is just one of many words to describe him.
My dad is very independent and thinks he can do all by himself. When there is something that needs to be done, he will get it done. Whether it is cooking dinner for all of us, running to the store, building a shed or helping me and my brothers get ready for church. Even though he gets the job done, it doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few bumps n the road. One morning, when I was still pretty young, he tried curling my hair for me. I thought he was doing pretty good until he burnt my forehead. So him being very self determined like always, went and grabbed a bag of frozen peas and placed it right on my forehead, then finished his job. Mom was not impressed. But these little bumps have also shown me to never give up. Perseverance and commitment are some of the traits that I hope to have when I am older.
Sports have always been one of my dad’s favorite things to do. But basketball is definitely his favorite. You have coached for more years than I can remember, but whether I liked it or not, you were always trying to show me ways I could improve. Now that I am older and you are not my coach, I can still go home to you, who will always have something to share. Whether it be how good or bad we played, or what I could have done to do better, I knew that you were trying to make be the best version of myself. I hope, even when I move out and go to college that the person you taught me to be shines out. You have made me become the person I am today and I want to thank you for all the little things you have done for me.
The years have flown by but I can’t wait to make more memories with you. Passionate, strong, independent and caring, are traits that you have and I wish to gain. Thank you for always being there for me and never giving up on me even when I didn’t believe in myself. I love you and hope that you will keep teaching me more qualities, like the one you have taught me.
Adam Forsmann with his daughter Laney. Photo by Cara Uhlenkott.