Family comes in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Many limit the definition of family to a common relative or bloodline. But Corey Jones is proving that that is a very narrow way to look at what a family really is.
“I don’t think family is all tied with bloodlines,” Jones told WSMV News. It’s a belief that he’s made evident with his words, as well as his actions.
Jones and his 6-year-old daughter Malia are regulars at the Family Golf Center in Antioch, Tennessee. They both take lessons from the same instructor, a man named Art Quick.
Quick is a Navy veteran and a golf instructor at the Family Golf Center. After a lifetime worth of golfing, he can teach anyone, regardless of their level of experience.
At such a young age, and under his masterful tutelage, Malia figures to be an impressive golfer one day.
Art takes his time showing Malia the finer points of golf, including something as rudimentary as the correct way to hold the golf club. “Right there,” he says as he guides her hands. “That’s what makes it strong.”
But while Art was a pro on the course, his living situation was a source of constant despair.
Without any living relatives, Quick lived alone in a motel. He said he was tired of the lifestyle, but didn’t have any other options.
That’s when Jones did something totally unexpected. He invited Quick to live with him and Malia in their home.
“I couldn’t imagine being alone, especially at the point he’s in his life,” said Jones.
Quick was taken aback by the unexpected act of generosity. Without Jones stepping in, he would have been forced to live in the motel indefinitely.
Fortunately for Quick, Jones has an open heart, an open home, and an open mind to what it means to be a family.
“It’s the people who take care of one another, that’s family,” Jones said.
“He’s Navy, and I’m a Marine. That’s a close brotherhood there.”
Jones invited Quick to live in his home. Now the 89-year-old veteran doesn’t feel alone, and is part of a family again.
Malia calls Quick “Mr. Art”, and he loves to encourage her when she does something well on the course.
“You did good today! Gimme five!” Quick says after Malia drives a ball down the center of the range.
Quick continues working to make Malia and her father better golfers. But their relationship goes beyond that of instructor and pupil now. They’re a family, and the 89-year-old veteran couldn’t be more appreciative.
“He let me stay here and be a part of the family,” Quick told WSMV. “That’s what life is all about.”