SUMMARY: An appreciation.Last year on Mom's Day, I talked about my mom. This year, my dad broke his hip, had a little surgery on it, spent some time in rehab, and came home Friday feeling just fine and aching to be completely mobile again. For moving from place to place, he's restricted to a wheelchair for another few weeks. I'm so glad he's doing well, and so understanding of his chafing at the bit (having been limited, myself, on a couple of occasions), that I didn't want to wait for Fathers Day to say, "Thanks for being my dad!"
He has always been active. Long before I met him, he worked as a camp counselor at a camp for underprivileged New York City kids. He was always out in the woods or climbing a mountain somewhere. Weather didn't matter. (He wasn't wimpy like his daughter.)
He went off to Korea, where he really got to experience some out-of-doorsness, and came back with his hearing a bit impaired, although it didn't get really bad until much later.
As we grew up, he and my mom never lost their interest in being out of doors and sharing new adventures with us. (Sometimes my dad's idea of an adventure was a little scary to mom, I get the impression, but he was fearless except when it came to his kids.)
He moved us all across the country from NY to California, so of course we had to experiment with gold panning. He even found some!
Last year, he and I hiked up the hill at Fremont Older together. I hope the hip and legs recover enough that we can do stuff like that again.
My dad had a great imagination. He made up stories for us and read to us, too. He read The Hobbit to my sisters, for example. He joined my science fiction writers group for a while, and often had something to contribute.
He's never shy about hamming it up for the camera, or at least for my camera. He claims it's revenge for me hamming it up when I was a kid and he was trying to take nice photos. Except that I eventually outgrew that. Dad. (It is actually fun to have the photos, but sometimes--)
Dad always had an affinity for animals.
Thanks for an interesting and funny life, dad!