My mom, of course. Otherwise known as Grandma Sami, to her mo’opuna. People are always falling in love with her. They say, with a kind of wonder in their voice: “I just met your mother and she is just the sweetest person, isn’t she?” It’s not just people; animals adore her, and she them.
She’s also brainy, wicked tough (know any other 70+ year olds that can lift a 70 lb. mineral sack?), extremely creative, and generally ahead of the curve. She’s holding a seed head of guinea grass in the picture because that’s what she’s into: forage quality. She’s always understood that a ranch is all about the kind of pastures that it creates and nurtures and protects as best it can.