Thursday, October 22, 2015

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Many, many moons ago as I lived alone in my early twenties, I awoke to a dead mouse in my toilet in the dead of winter. It was a horrible sight/feeling/view. I felt bad for the animal but also felt incredibly jarred to wake up to that. What does that mean??!?!?! Are there more??! BLECH. I dealt with it that AM with one eye-shut and sped off to work, unable to shake the feeling all day.

When I arrived home that evening, I was on high alert for a sign of any other intruder. And sure enough, there under the sink, behind the cleaning supplies, was a very scared looking mouse who presumably had lost his mate. I had no idea what to do. I tried to coax him out with a broom to no avail, I tried to maneuver him using a pot - all of this in complete and utter vain and I was losing my steam for the project. I could never have hurt the little guy but I had no idea how to get him out.

I started to cry out of stress. Wimpy, pathetic, whiny cry.
^Left: My rehearsal dinner Right: My dad (the original hipster I guess) and me.

And then, I called my dad. I explained my situation through tears as if I was a girl of 8-years-old again and no sooner had I finished my sentence when my Dad hung up the phone and soon knocked on my front door.

I opened it to find him standing there wearing heavy-duty gloves and a little too happy to laugh at how stressed I was about something he found so simple. He asked me where the mouse was, stormed right in there, reached right under the sink and grabbed him and then held it in his hands as we walked outside and let it go in a field. A very happy ending for all involved.

I can't remember a more memorable time in my adult life when I was happier to have a Dad.
Even though I often feel strong as my own independent person, there will always be a part of me who loves that I can pick up the phone and wait for my Knight in Shining Armor. Even if that armor comes in the form of a headlamp and some dirty, old gloves.

Thanks for being my Dad & the happiest of birthdays to you!
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6 comments:

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Love it. Happy birthday to your dad!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Love this story! Happy Birthday to your papa dukes <3

Green Fashionista

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Awwww... love it! Happy birthday to your dad! :D

Pat Hatt said...

Hope he has a happy birthday. The mouse whisperer haha or grabber.

Myra said...

Awwww, happy birthday to your Daddy!! Dad's really do have it all figured out, huh?

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

Thanks guys! yay for dads!