Friday, September 20, 2013

Dadhood and Daughters

Dude, how awesome is this dad!?!


My dad had one son and five, yep count them, five daughters. When we got our driver’s license, and if our grades were good, he would supply us with a mode of transportation.  There were some parameters. The vehicle had to be affordable but also safe, so we ended up with a rotation of older, heavy pickup trucks and some of the newly introduced SUVs.  They all had 4 wheel drive and the capacity to plow directly into a snow bank and reverse out without any noticeable damage.


The initial purchases were two identical Toyota Forerunners, bought the first year Toyota released that model.  My dad’s thoughts were, obviously the first time out should involve muddy, off road, four-wheel-drive craziness.  Duh! And obviously, it should end with the vehicle getting stuck, which it did. Left with no alternatives, he walked back to the house, found my sister, drove the other Forefunner up the mountain and managed to release the first forerunner with the help of a 16 year old girl.


This dad noticed that his daughter Maddy, loves to be outside. The definition of outside expanded until it meant outside activity and that, in turn, became triathlons.  Maddy’s dad said he wasn’t in very good shape when he started and he actually smoked 2 pack of cigarettes a day. He is up to 70 dad and daughter triathlons. 


“She is my heat and I am her legs.”

“Any astronomer can predict with absolute accuracy just where every start in the universe will be at 11:30 tonight.  He can make no such prediction about his teenage daughter.” James T Adams  

“Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million-dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla.” Jim Bishop

"I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election." - Margaret Thatcher

"You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You're her oracle. You're her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you're in a constant state of panic." - Stanley T. Banks (Father of the Bride)

“One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.”  Proverb Quotes

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

I totally remember when dad got the forerunner stuck the first time he took it out! We waited in the ar while he walked through the snow and got the other one. He used a tow rope at first and it snapped. Someone stopped that had a chain that worked much better.

Love the taped on NO for the speedometer! Ha! That Is Genius.

What an awesome dad to dedicate his life to taking his kid outside. There are some very good dads in the world. It makes me happy. Jamie