I am a father of two+ beautiful children; Micah and Chloe, but I am more than just a father. I am a Christian, a husband, a PhD student in Archaeology at Yale, a climber, a cyclist, and a Wyoming native (the land of 307). All those things are what makes ‘me’- ‘me’. I have found though, that in order to be a good father I must continue to be ‘me’. But how do I do all that? By being a good father, am I being a good husband? How do I find time to study when all I want to do is climb or wrestle with my kids? Am I a good Christian role model? ..... "I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I DO, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus".
"MADE IN AMERICA"
So as of late I have been on this big ‘made in the USA’ kick. I have many reasons for this ‘shop America’ stance; quality, supporting local business, etc… The most important reason, however, is that I want it to be known that I do not support unfair treatment of labor.
Growing up in a small coal town in Wyoming the labor unions were a very real and important part of our community. One particular memory that jumps out at me is when I was 5 (maybe 6) a grocery store strike made it so we would have to drive all the way across town to buy groceries (for several months). It was never even an option to cross the picket lines, regardless of how convenient the store was. Those laborers on strike were my parents friends and our neighbors, we would not dare disrespect their struggles.
As such, I want it to be known that when given the option I side with my fellow laborers. Thought I may not know them personally I want it to be know that I am mindful of their conditions and choose not to support those responsible for putting them is such circumstances.
Thank you REI for letting us know when we have the option to buy “Made in America”