“Someday, You’ll Have Children Just like You”

Abe and Avery Kukuchka

My parents, Ron and Abby Kukuchka, have taught me many things over the years, including the value of hard work and the importance of always being accountable for what I say and do.

But right now, I’m thinking about one of their favorite sayings when I was a boy. I usually heard it whenever I did something that frustrated them. Mom or Dad would admonish me with this: “Someday, you’ll have children just like you — and then you’ll understand!

Those words came back to me when my wife, Alison, and I took our kids, Avery and Ashton, on their first camping trip. After a full day at an amusement park, I spent a lot of time setting up for some family time around the campfire. Of course, that meant roasting marshmallows!

But I was out of practice and burned the first one. So Avery called out to her mother, “Mommy, can you please make me marshmallows? Dad burns them.”

After getting a perfectly toasted marshmallow from her mom, Avery announced that she was too tired to play games, hear campfire stories or do anything else. She just wanted to go to bed.

And although my parents weren’t there, I could hear them gleefully whispering in my ear: “Someday, you’ll have children just like you — and then you’ll understand!”


Abe Kukuchka
Director of Distribution