February 5, 2012 1 Comment ToDad

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

It is hard to believe that it has been more than a year since you left us. I know it has been a long time since I have posted anything on here even though there are so many stories to share about the good times, the bad times, and all the lessons learned. Today just seemed like the right time to share again how much the two of you meant to me.

First and foremost, you were more than successful in the most important job you ever had, raising us four kids. Somehow all of us turned out OK. I know it was questionable at times for each of us, especially me and you no doubt worried, “Where the hell did I go wrong with this one?” Well, the thing is you didn’t. We all had a different path to take, but in the end, we ended up to be in the right place at the right time. We also ended up with so many different skills that I think if you had tried, you could not duplicate it. I could go through each one of us and list them all out, but I do not think that is necessary since anyone that knows us and what we have done, understands this to be true.

The foundation put down by Cutter Oil since 1982 allowed CJ to spearhead a new chapter in the history that is Cutter Oil. It is one that brought us all together; working for the common goal is crushing the competition. We probably worked double or triple the time than anyone else did and in 3 short years, Cutter Oil was the #2 producer of oil in the state of Ohio behind the largest producer in the state that operates 75 times the number of wells that Cutter Oil operates. Can you imagine that? This kind of shit does not happen to those that just wait for things to pass by. Our family made shit happen.

The decision to get back into drilling forced all of us to make sacrifices but none more than you two who could have just road off into the sunset on your boat. Instead you brought us all together, guided us on the path to success even though there were many times over that I am sure you both questioned, “Is it worth these headaches?” The fighting, the arguments, the pissing contents, no doubt, were hard for you both to deal with. You both made a lot of good decisions to be as successful as you have been and the new chapter is no different. Without that, we would not have anyone that knows as much as we do, especially CJ, to take everything over and keep Cutter Oil and the family moving forward in the business you started.

I do not want this to be only about Cutter Oil, but it does define, more than anything, our family. The sacrifice required and the success that can attained with the drive and dedication to something that you believe in. You did a hell of a job.

I recently watched a movie that had a line in it that I think is very fitting, “Give your kids enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing.”