To my dad Dean, at almost 85, he has always been there for me, encouraging me to learn by doing. About 50 years ago he got me started traveling the US in our little homemade travel trailer, learning about our country by living it. Little did he know at the time that he bore into my heart a “passion.” He inflicted me with an incurable wanderlust.
And do to his cigarette smoke in the car as we traveled he also cured me from a desire to ever smoke! (Thanks dad!)
My dad with his memorable phrases
“My point basically is….." “But that’s the way life is” “Plus, plus, plus”
will tell you he had a huge effect on all of my brothers too. Dad will tell you how he couldn’t afford to send six kids to college so he encouraged us to work and find our own way; be strong, independent and self-reliant. He takes full credit for three of my brothers joining the United States Coast Guard…following in his footsteps.
Today dad’s memory isn’t what it used to be and he relives some of our early travels through my books. I wish dad or I would have documented more of our travels together so we both could remember them better.
Regardless dad helped form the me I am today…thanks dad. I hope you have a great day.
And to my husband Ross, thanks for being a wonderful dad to our two girls…Happy Father’s Day.