Sunday, June 17, 2007

happy father's day!

There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
~John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994

dad hugging me and my brother. pensacola, florida ~ 1955.

dad, grandmam, grandpap, and me. san diego, california, 1958.

visiting thomas jefferson's home w/ dad and my sister. charlottesville, virginia, 1969.

dad delivering me to college. fort worth, texas, 1973.

I'm at an age where having a father alive and in reasonable health is a gift. this gift I cherish each and every day. like many fathers, my dad has given me many gifts. among these gifts, I want to thank my dad for:

giving me his sense of awe and wonder for the natural world.

instilling in me with his own quest for life-long learning and fascination with the ideas and lives of "great people" - it was through my dad that I first met the likes of plato, thomas jefferson, amelia earhart, st. francis of assisi and jacques cousteau.

fostering a connection to animals and animal spirits (my dad never chastised me for sneaking home strays and it's probably safe 'to drop the dime' and say my dad might have even 'encouraged such behavior') . somehow my dad conveyed the notion that we are all just 'part of a pack.'

putting me on the path of documenting just about everything. whether this was because I was often the subject of his own fascination with taking pictures or because he gave me a camera when I was young and impressionable, who is to say. but dad your love of gadgets combined with our shared love of taking pictures has left me with a case of permanent 'lens envy and accessory lust' - this gift I could have done without, thank you very much.

most of all I am most grateful to both my dad and mom for showing commitment and unconditional love toward family and the ability to 'hang in there' even if the waters get rough, the road bumpy or if someone you love happens to be driving you 'nuts' - my parents know that rough waters and roads will smooth out and we are each capable of 'being nuts' and 'driving someone nuts!'

happy father's day!

3 comments:

jude said...

beautiful post.

kimy said...

thank you. xx

Ms. Mamma said...

What a wonderful piece. Brought a tear to my eye. Thanks for sharing this.