Coinciding with the July 2012 Ultimate Blog Challenge, I have decided to also participate in the 30 Day Letter Challenge in which I will write 30 letters to various folks who have touched my life directly as well as inadvertently. The letter for Day Three is to be written to my parents. Since my parents are divorced and have each shaped my life in such different ways, I will be splitting Day Three into two posts so that I may write to each of them. Today’s letter is to my dad.
The word that first comes to mind when I think of you is generous. You are the most generous person I know, and have always been quick to accept my friends and show them such hospitality and fun when they visit. I cannot begin to count the number of times you have asked if a friend would be joining us for dinner before you went all out to provide a gourmet meal for us.
Speaking of gourmet meals, you have certainly missed your career calling. You are an absolute master in the kitchen! Aside from a few (ahem…drunk?) BBQ mishaps, every meal you prepare is delicious and photo-worthy. I love posting pictures of your amazing meals for all of my friends to drool over almost as much as I enjoy sitting down to devour the food. I have some great memories of favorite meals including the great lobster and filet mignon dinner and the fun backyard stir-fry night using the huge wok. We do pretty well in the adult beverage mixing category too. I seem to remember a lot of good times with the Hurricanes and Peppermint Martinis.
I love spending time with you and living back at home has allowed me to enjoy the little moments that I will remember forever. Right now we are in the habit of sitting side-by-side in our chairs in the living room playing Scrabble on our iPads. My least favorite phrase of all time is now “my teacher has a huge grin on her face.” Yeah, yeah, yeah. That phrase makes it very clear that I’m about to get my butt kicked. Again.
When I was younger you, Kevin and I used to do a lot of camping and fishing. Although I now treasure those memories and our time together, I didn’t always appreciate them. That trip to the White Mountains to hike Mount Baldy was particularly memorable. Pouring rain, no shorts thanks to an unfortunate peeing-in-the-woods incident, and a night cramped in a tent with you, Kevin, and the gas involved in that combination made for a long evening. Add to that mix the “getcha-gotchas” you said were outside the leaking tent and my night was complete. The next morning, as we hiked back up the road towards our truck in the pouring rain, all my prayers came true as a nice older gentleman offered to drive us the rest of the way up. Animosity was not a strong enough word for how I felt when you happily told him we would just finish it out since we were “just around the corner.” Yes, “just around the corner” has gotten me to the top of many a difficult spot. (I actually really hate that phrase, you know!)
Now we spend time together doing drier and much more enjoyable things. Sharing the love of baseball and all things sports is a particular joy for me. Thank goodness for the DVR that allows us to watch every moment commercial-free and rewind to prove our argued points. Fair or foul? We will never know. Going to the games at Chase Field is by far my favorite Dad-daughter activity. Our pre-game ritual of a meal at Cooperstown and the fun of cheering on the Diamondbacks with you is such a thrill. I know you hate when I whip out the camera at every game to take a self-portrait, but I love those pictures!
I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention how much I love our trips to Rocky Point. Nothing beats sitting on the beach reading and soaking up the sun next to my dad, and having a cooler full of Dos XX and sunscreen makes it even better. Although I’m sure there are more beautiful beaches in the world, thanks to the memories made, Rocky Point is still my favorite place to be.
I know it was a big change for you to have me move back home with you after living in the house alone for so long, but I am enjoying my time back in my childhood home. I am very appreciative that you opened the door for me to be here again while I finish my degree. Having the freedom to concentrate on my studies is making all the difference in my success.
Thank you for everything that you do to support me!
I love you,