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Trail(er)ing Thoughts

                                                                                   I am sure everyone is sick of hearing about  and keep up with demand.  The trickle-down  5
                               Slow down…                                         COVID, I know I am.  The only thing I often  effect is real from buyer to supplier, and in  [
                                                                                  discuss with one of my girlfriends, whom
                                                                                                                       the end, it’s the consumer left waiting.
                                                                                  also has three young children, is how the  The one thing I will say is among us whom
                                                                                  pandemic forced us to stay home more.   are fortunate to be so busy, comes a
                                                                                  It forced us to be more creative to         sense of gratitude.  Not every
                                                                                  keep the children occupied and                industry has faired so well.  The
                                                                                  learning.  It forced us to spend               one thing that has stuck with
                                                                                  more evenings as a family                       me however is the notion of  MID-AMERICA BOATING
                                                                                  watching movies and chatting,                    slowing down.  I am doing my
                                                                                  rather than constantly run-                      best to work as efficiently as
                                                                                  ning.  She and I both talk                       possible during the work day
                                                                                  about how we enjoyed the                        so when I am home, I can
                                                                                  slowed down feeling of life,                   focus on family and not stuck
                                                                                  however we wish it was not a                  mentally at work.  I am making
                                                                                  global pandemic that caused it.             the most of the evenings after my
                                                                                   Now, here we are into the second        husband and I get home from work and
                                                                                  summer dealing with COVID as a part of life  divulging in the wants of the kids.  I am try-  ]     JULY 2021
                                                                                  and we are right back to the busy way of life:  ing my best to wrap up my work day by 5:00
                                                                                  swimming lessons, horseback riding lesson,  instead of 6:00, to gain the extra hour of
                                                                                  soccer, golf, dance… you name it, my kids  family time enjoying the simple pleasures.
                                                                                  do it.  After working 50+ hours a week it  Whether we go to the pool or on on my par-
                                                                                  feels like we are back on the go, running  ent’s boat, we are together and laughing,
                                                                                  every direction just like letting a bat out of  enjoying the fresh air and feeling grateful for
                                                                                  its’ cave.                           our health and happiness.
                                                                                   Owning a family-owned business always  Taking a step back and refocusing on your-
                                                                                  comes with a unique set of challenges, and  self and your family is not always easy with
                                                                                  owning one in the marine industry escalates  the fast-paced track of life, but it is (in my
      By Megan Straw-Meisler                                                      those challenges right now.  We are dealing  opinion) essential to your overall well-being
      Loadmaster Trailer Co. Ltd.                                                 with major supply chain issues, constant  and happiness.  Grab the cooler, pack a pic-
                                                                                  price increases and a record number of  nic meal and enjoy your low-key dinner on
        In July of 2016 I wrote an article for Mid-America Boating Magazine called “When Will We All  orders.  Luckily, one of the industries that  the water: listening to the waves crash, the
      Slow Down?”.  In the article I discussed the hectic hustle and bustle of life and how it feels as  caught fire (in a good way) with COVID was  birds sing and watch the miracle of each
      though each year gets more and more busy with less time to relax and enjoy.  I remember writ-  the boating industry.  Some boat manufac-  sunset sink into the lake.  Take a deep breath
      ing that article as my youngest at that time was just turning one year old, and here I am now  turers are taking orders for 2023!!!  Our lead  and remember, family and living life to the
      planning her 6th birthday party.  Reflection can do crazy things, but it leads me to wonder,  time is 5X longer than it normally is this time  fullest is what is most important, the dishes
      where did the time go?                                                      of year.  Suppliers are struggling to get parts  can wait. MAB

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