Our next wife has taken the opportunity for discounted Mary Kay products and turned it into a way to make money for her family AND get some “me” time outside the house. Melany was even generous enough to donate some Mary Kay products for door prizes at our Sip & Social in Las Vegas. Thanks again Melany! Enjoy getting to know another great turf family a little better.
Name: Melany Walden
Kids? Names and ages? Hannah – 13, Kaylee – 11, Coy – 8
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Husband’s Course: Superintendent at Old Oakland Golf Club, Indianapolis, IN
How do you make time for each other during the busy season? Finding time together can be a challenge during the busy season because besides working at the golf course, Chase also takes care of our community ball fields and coaches our daughter’s softball team. With 2 girls that have a love for softball, we spend many hours at the softball fields. So, most of our family time during the busy season is spent at the ball fields. From the time the kids were little, we began making frequent trips to the course to ride around the course and drive through the sprinklers and have a hot dog and M & M’s from the club house. This is still to this day one of our favorite things to do. We have learned to just make the most of our time together regardless of where we are.
What is the most difficult part of being married to a turf guy? When people ask me what my husband does, I usually get a response of, “Oh, he works at a golf course. That would be a great job.” If they only knew all that REALLY comes a long with that. The most difficult part has become feeling like a single parent during the busy season. As the kids have gotten older and their schedules have become busier, we have had to readjust and figure out what work. Another piece that is very difficult is the stress that this job can put on Chase as a result of things that are completely out of his control. He does a great job of managing the stress, but we’d all be lying if we said that our turf guys are never stressed out from their job.
What is the best part of being married to a turf guy? The winter months! No, seriously, as much time as he has to spend away is made up during the winter months. There is no doubt that he’s dedicated to his job, but anyone would tell you that he’s dedicated to his family. We also take advantage of the perks that are available to us as a result of the course he works at. We love Sunday brunches at the clubhouse, as well as those free hot dogs and M & M’s during the busy season. We also have kids that are developing an interest in golf, so of course there will be perks as they learn to play and develop a love for the game. Free golf is never a bad thing!
Would you encourage your children to follow in their father’s footsteps? Why or why not? If following in their father’s footsteps would make them happy, absolutely! However, I want them to pursue whatever will make THEM happy, not what others think will make them happy. If they pursue a different field, there are still many ways that they can follow in their father’s footsteps. He is dedicated, hard working, loves what he does, and he’s great at it. In whatever they choose to pursue in life, I will always encourage them to follow in his footsteps in these areas.
Is the job ever a source of tension in your house? I’d be lying if I said no. I have found that keeping the lines of communication open and finding time to spend together helps with this.
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