18 June 2007

a father's day tribute, day late

Do you remember when I was 13 or 14 years old, working as a junior counselor in a North Country camp? I was assigned to a day camp group which meant that my nights were camper-less and lonely. On Saturday night the older counselors went out to "town" (loosely defined) and I was left with a giant, empty cabin, a book and my thoughts. I heard a knock at the cabin door and a "hellllo?" It was Dad, on an impromptu motorcycle trip up I-87 to see his youngest daughter. After bursting into tears, we walked to the Black Bear Restaurant for dinner with the locals. You probably had no idea how lonely that week had been or how much I needed a familiar face, but you showed up and I had never been so happy to see you. Every Father's Day, I think of that night. And of course our Sacramento-to-Albany roadtrip, narrowly dodging major blizzards in the Sierra Nevadas, tornadoes in the Great Plains and severe flooding along the Mississippi River. And our shared love for classic American diners.

I made Dad this NASA-style watch band for his Omega Speedmaster blah blah (sorry, not good with watch specs).

"FLIGHT-QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR ALL MANNED SPACE MISSIONS
THE FIRST WATCH WORN ON THE MOON"

Well there ya go. Ready for launch. Happy Father's Day.

3 comments:

  1. There will always be the debate whether landing on the moon was America's greatest accomplishment. There is no such debate when I think of mine, being the Dad to two wonderful young women. Thank you for a great Father's Day. I love you......

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  2. Aw jeez like I didn't already well up reading your blog...then prepared to comment I read Dad's comment and sniffle, sniffle...anyhoo, we're an awesome family!

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  3. Love reading ALL of your blogs; however, this one was of particular interest to me -- wonder why!! : ) Thanks for sharing!

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