Happy Birthday, Dad.
How incredibly fortunate I am to be your daughter. For the last few days, I have been reflecting on my 31 years with you. Honestly, I think of you every day, especially when I am outside and when I am on my runs.
How does one accurately define what another person means to them? I'm not sure. There are so many moments that I look back on that articulate our path and define you as my father. So much good. Sometimes difficult. But, always growth and always supportive love.
Spending hours in the woods with you, trying to place my much smaller footprint just exactly in yours.
Loading firewood with you. One of my favorite memories and favorite things. The sound of the chainsaw, the smell of the cut wood, the crisp cool in the air. Wearing your work gloves, too big for my hands.
Standing at the kitchen sink, drying dishes, and talking about methods of farming we're curious about. About something we had read. About tough decisions.
Teaching me to think for myself. To be passionate about learning and curious about everything.
That conversation between you and an acquaintance in the grocery store when Mom was pregnant with Britt; that moment stands so clearly in my memory as a testament of how much you loved your girls to your core.
For being my lifeline when a tornado was bearing down on the city I lived in.
Laughing so hard it made my stomach muscles ache and tears come to my eyes. Watching "Guy On A Buffalo" over and over. Your jokes. (What was the lion tamer's name? Claude.)
Watching you become a grandfather. Teaching The Boys to appreciate Nature just as you did with me. To appreciate being outside and the gift that it is.
Teaching me that I could and that I would have to make hard decisions. For once telling me that the people we love will let us down and that we will do the same to them, but it didn't mean that we shouldn't love anyway.
For listening. For truly being interested and for caring. For always being there.
I want to thank you for all you've given me. For being my father. For now, words will have to do until I can see you again.
With so much love, Happy Birthday.
Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann