Thursday, June 14, 2012

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor

Last week, the sun was so warm after work that it would have been cruel to step foot inside the gym. In the spirit of still working out, The Boy and I grabbed my bag of balls and headed off to an urban park close to our home. Upon arrival, I pulled out the football as The Boy moved in to about 50 feet away from me.

"Go Deeper!" I shouted.
He stepped a few large steps back and looked at me with a sense of accomplishment. 
He rolled his eyes and took another mild step back. 

Realizing his arrogance was permanent, I accepted his distance, got in place and launched the football across the field. It flew (perfect spiral mind you) way over his head and far away from his location.

He was impressed with me.

I knew who I had to thank for that. 
^Fishing at my Dad's cabin

For the guy who taught me to throw like a man. Who taught me that work is as much of a necessity as it is a privilege. Who taught me that life will never be handed to me on a silver platter. Who taught me to enjoy camping. Who taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. Who taught me to be charitable. Who taught me through tough love that though I'm special, I'm not a Princess: the rewards in life come from hard work.
^Rafting trip with my Dad, every single year of my life. I'm front Right, my Bro front Left, my Dad is Captain and you can even see stupid Juan back there :) 2011

But most importantly, thank you Dad for teaching my Brother how to change a car tire, to set-up camp, how to tile a kitchen floor, how to give up your seat without question for the elderly and how to start a fire, among hundreds of other things. The world needs more men like you and I'm so happy to not only have you but to see it reflected in my Brother ("handy" men are disappearing at an alarming rate...).
^This is SO.MY.DAD.

 I'm off to my Dad's cabin to do some of the above :)
 Happy Father's Day to all who apply!
(and sorry to my Sister who somehow didn't make it into this post, haha)


Anonymous said...

I love all the lessons you learned from your Dad and I agree - the world needs more "handy" men!

Kate Sparkles said...

Sounds like your Dad is awesome! I hope you have a lovely weekend with him..

this free bird said...

This is awesome and I love the Dads that share the practical knowledge. I miss having my dad close by all the time. Enjoy your weekend with yours!

Unknown said...

Awww this is so sweet. Your dad sounds great.

Lindsey @ The Hill House said...

Awe, I love it! It sounds like your dad is an amazing person and that your respect for him is immense. Happy Father's Day to him; I hope y'all have a great weekend together, which it sounds like you will. Have fun!

Elle Sees said...

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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

This is such a beautiful tribute to your Dad!

erika sorocco said...

Awww...I so love this tribute to your dad, Caitlin - it is perfection!

I hope that he has a wonderful Father's Day! :)

Unknown said...

This is so sweet - I love my Daddy.
I especially love the "I'm not a princess...things come from hard work." Best mentality to have.

Have a great weekend :)

JW | PEONY said...

So sweet! But I have a question, who looks that glamourous fishing!? ... YOU DO!

Bravoe Runway said...

WOW! You enjoy fishing and rafting? I can see that...and you look glamorous while doing so. I hope to try rafting someday.

Kisti Belle said...

Love this! I wish I could be with my dad this weekend! you lucky girl! Enjoy it :)

Pat Hatt said...

Great tribute to your dad, sounds like lots of fun times and things were learned.

| C AND C | Sarmin said...

Very cute!
Happy father day to your dad!
Hope your having a awesome time at the cabin.

...I love how you do so many outdoor type/tom boyish things awhile looking super glammed.

Bri Buzali said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog! I love this story about your dad, and the pictures! too cute!

Vhallah A. said...

what a sweet post!
I can see that your dad is so awesome!
Have a great day :)

naghmeh said...

Aw Caitlin this is such a sweet post! love the rafting photos haha so intense!!
and yes good for your dad for teaching your brother all of the above, handy gentlemen are really becoming rare!
have an amazing weekend :)

Unknown said...

I am back from Europe! Just catching up on all your posts now!

Awe this is such a lovely post. It's so sweet reading this, you can tell how much you love your dad! Also, I must say I just love how you always write with such wit and humour, you make every post so fun to read! I've missed reading your posts these past three weeks, excited to catch up now! xx

The Urban Umbrella

Jax said...

Oh, I love this post!! You're daddy sounds great and so does your brother! I totally agree with you that real men are slowly spiraling down to nothing. My uncle is building an outside porch and tiki bar from scratch by himself. How many men can do that nowadays? Close to none!

Ok, enough rambling! Hope your father had a wonderful daddy's day!!

Val said...

What a heartfelt post....I loved reading about the love for your dad. Awesome.

Jamie said...

What an awesome tribute to your Dad. As a total daddy's girl (still! at 30!!) I can relate to being lucky enough to have such a man in your life. This is so very sweet. :)

ff said...

This is too sweet! So lucky to have such a great dad. :)

drollgirl said...

well what an awesome dad!

for some reason this post made me tear up. yep, it has been a rough day, and yep, your dad is awesome. it is no easy job to raise super kids, but he SURE DID IT! :)

Tina said...

awww you got yourself an awesome dad!! im super jealous!! i never went fishing with my dad - we went crabbing! does that count?? lol loved the pics of your weekend at the cabin! cant wait to see more!! :)

mirmirzimzim said...

Aw super sweet :-)

Why doesn't your blog work as well on my iPhone these days btw?

Raven said...

please also thank your dad for me, as I have a huge gir; crush on you and I can only attribute it to the wonderful way your parents raised you :)

Rick said...

It's great to learn something new everyday. Like the fact that my stylish friend, Caitlin, also knows how to throw a perfect spiral football pass. that's what's up!! :)

Glad to hear you had an amazing Father's Day weekend with your dad!