Happy Father's Day to all the padres near and far! And, especially to my dad!
Of course, I'm reminded of this entry from the Archives ~
My father has a thing about small planes.
My mother: This couple that [so and so] knows never traveled together as a family. The mother would fly with the daughter and the father would fly separately with the son. But now, their kids are older and they went on a trip to Hawaii, just the two of them. They flew on a small plane from one island to the other and it crashed and they died.
My father: You know what the moral of that story is?
Me and my mother (interchangeably): Don't put all your eggs in one basket...Just live your life...Etc Etc
My father: No. Don't fly on small planes.
(Insert eye roll.)
My best friend's sister went on a safari to Africa and she brought the photos to my parents' house.
Me and my mother (interchangeably, as we flip through the album): A giraffe! She got so close! An elephant! These are amazing!
My father is silent until we get to a photo of a small plane.
My father: I hope your sister didn't get on that.
Me: Dad! Honestly! Did you see the giraffes?!
I used to think he was crazy. Then, I saw the propeller plane H and I were flying on from Maui to Kauai on our honeymoon and all I could think was that maybe my father was right.
I couldn't eat or drink or talk or read during the one hour flight. I just sat there, resisting the urge to count the number of passengers (there were 12).
Then, we landed safely. And, I went back to being a typical flip daughter. I made H take a picture of me. Look, Dad! No room for a beverage cart! Hehe!
Today, I am grateful ~
1/ that we landed in Kauai safely, even though it felt like we were basically on a Big Wheel with wings
2/ and for my father
3/ and for all of his other good, not aeronautical-related advice over the years ... and that I actually listened.
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