July 28, 2020, at 10:56 AM (0 comments)
I am Geoffrey Hopkins. I am a man who lives on the earth. I have a brain that I use to the best ability to improve the life of my family and others. I feel at home in the woods. I love walking the woods listening to the sounds, smelling the smells, and seeing all the wonder of life. It is my happy place. I have learned so much in the past 3 years living in North Houston, and have barely scratched the surface. I am constantly taking pictures of things, and filing them away for further study.
I was born in the late 70's in a coastal town in Corpus Christi, TX. My childhood was spent on the water in the Corpus Christi Marina water skiing, tubing, discing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, and sometimes just dragging behind the boat on a rope. My Mom and Dad moved to Corpus Christi after they were married, and my Dad took a job with an independent Oil/Gas Exploration Company. It was a big step for him because he was accustomed to the big Corporate oil companies from a security standpoint. His good friend Bruce Survant and Bill Maxwell convinced him to move to Corpus Christi. It was in Corpus Christi, where he found his "Triangle of Love" as he called it. While looking at a map of Corpus Christi on day he said to me "I work here (pointed to his office), live here (pointed to our house), and Play here (pointed to the Corpus Christi Marina). This is my Triangle of Love, and I like staying in the triangle."
So that is what life was like. My dad worked a lot in my youth, out on oil wells for days at a time. Even when there were other people that could have been in the logging vans at all hours of the night, he wanted to be there for the wells he had found. Just because he worked a lot didn't mean he didn't spend a lot of time with his kids. He spent all his time outside of work with us. I have a sister Emily, who is 3 years younger than me. On the weekends we were in the water, and during the school years he would speak to our schools on Rocks & Minerals, or speak to the Boy Scouts or other groups on the same topics. My sister and I grew up seeing my Dad as a fun loving, out of the box thinker, who to most people in his life was a reserved introvert. We knew otherwise. While he was reserved, and kept his opinions to himself, he would completely change when he would get in front of a group of people. His talks on his experience in the oil business, or Rocks and Minerals could get even the toughest crowd engaged and interested. He later went on to categorize this as his Goal in the talks he gave... He wanted to "Ignite the Spark of Curiosity". When my dad retired at the age of 59 to the astonishment of his colleagues, he went on to make educating kids, and inspiring curiosity as his prime focus. My father ended up founding and starting 3 major education initiatives:
- Maps in Schools
- Bones in Schools
- Boulders in Schools
Growing up in an environment where my father was constantly thinking and sharing his knowledge, rubbed off on me throughout the years. I think his zest for life, his curiosity, and his support of dialogue and thinking was a big part of shaping who I am today and how I approach life.