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Thinking About My Dad

By Quinn

Today is a guest post by one of my kiddos, who I asked to share something about how wonderful she thinks her Father is, I thought it might give hope to parents just starting out and ideas to some, and just give a glance toward what the adult child thinks is most significant as they branch out and strike out on their own.

Quinn could have written about sledge hammering out walls, building her own bedroom and painting it, or just painting in general, about the hours they shared cleaning the office building and sending funds to her sister in Denmark, or all the hours they spent biking on the tandem, but she chose a travel memory.

One of the things Quinn’s Father spent the most time on was picking out just the most amazing story books with the most delightful illustrations he could find and then the receiver would benefit from hours of sharing that book. Oh there are so many stories to share I will say hope you enjoy this except from our almost Librarian.

My parents tell me that they stopped at Lake Tipsoo to break up the four hour drive between our house and our grandparents’ so my sisters and I wouldn’t get too antsy in the car and to get fresh air since the curvy mountain roads could induce motion sickness. While it was never intended, our thirty-minute loop hikes around the lake taught me most of the lessons I’ve learned about hiking and mountaineering. Dad was our trail guide on all these hikes; he taught us how not to trample the fragile mountain meadows, to leave no trace, and to understand how alive Mount Rainier and all mountains are if one only pays attention.

Every year we waited as desperately as the meadow vegetation for the brief spring on the mountain when the many feet of snow would melt, and the trail would become passable. Our family photographs are seeded with pictures from Tipsoo; with our grandparents in the spring, each of us as babies being carried around the lake in Dad’s backpack carrier, and standing on snow banks in June. Dad taught us the names of the meadow flowers, let us try to catch polliwogs, and kept us hiking at a steady pace so regular that we fall into it automatically when we hike today.

We could have made a roadside stop anywhere, but with my Dad we always stopped at Tipsoo, and those small lessons taught in those short visits are the same skills the three of us have used to hike mountains all over the world.

Quinn and Dad

If you would like to read more about this Dad you can find him at The Biking Architect

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15 Responses to “Thinking About My Dad”

  1. Betsy Wuebker Says:

    ” . . . those small lessons taught in those short visits are the same skills the three of us have used to hike mountains all over the world.”

    Every small, seemingly inconsequential, lesson we teach as parents, or an everyday example, reaps great consequence. A perfectly ordinary moment could enable a great height in our children. Thanks to Quinn for this lovely reminder.

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  2. Dot Says:

    Thanks, Quinn. The pictures evoked in my mind were very pleasant ones. I miss hiking. I had to give it up because I got sick. I always wanted someone like your Dad as a guide, knowing the names of the plants and pointing out how to operate properly in the environment. You certainly had a great Dad experience, and I like your writing style. Thanks also, Patricia.

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  3. Positively Present Says:

    This is wonderful, Quinn! What a great post about your Dad. Thanks for writing this and for sharing it with all of us.

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  4. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    Quinn, you write beautifully.

    Happy Father’s Day to you and to your family.

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  5. Patricia Says:

    Hello all and thank you for coming by, I believe Quinn will be by later today to respond to your comments, she is out helping folks whale watch this morning! She does write so well and shares such good ideas. Quinn organized getting her Dad a kayak for his 60th birthday – that picture is on biking architect and is quite fun!

    Patricias last blog post..Thinking About My Dad

  6. Quinn Says:

    Thanks for the good words everyone! Close, Mom, I wasn’t hosting whale watching this morning, that was last night, this morning I was touring glaciers 😉

    Happy Father’s Day!

  7. Davina Says:

    Hi Quinn. Hi Patricia. You tell this story beautifully Quinn. This is a great memory to share. Sounds like you have a great dad…. and mom too :-)

    Davinas last blog post..365 Days & Still Blogging

  8. Jannie Funster Says:

    Those baby in backpacks pix sound so precious. Like you.

    xo

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  9. Patricia Says:

    Quinn,
    Well, touring glaciers or whale watching I am sure you were having a great time. I stand corrected

    Davina,
    Fun post isn’t it…nice to have ’em grown and able to share good memories.

    Jannie,
    Today my oldest daughter is 30…This dad was so happy after the birth he went home to shower and bought himself a biking or soccer shirt! I can’t remember. He was scheduled to be climbing Mt. Rainier….think your remodeling projects do not get completed!
    He went everywhere with baby attached in either a snugli or back pack….never missed a bike ride!

  10. Barbara Swafford Says:

    Hi Patricia and Quinn,

    What a beautiful story. As I was reading it I thought, “Quinn has writing talent, just like her Mom”.

    What a wonderful way to honor your parents, Quinn. Great job! It was nice meeting you.

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  11. Patricia Says:

    Barbara,
    Quinn is a much better writer than I…more versatile and spot on!

    She is going to check back on work breaks today and make reply too.

  12. Sara Says:

    Patricia and Quinn,

    Quinn — What a lovely story you wrote about your dad and your early memories of Mount Rainier, your parent and grandparents! You do write very well and I bet your mom is just bursting with pride:~)

    Patricia — Thank you for sharing your daughter with us:~)

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  13. Patricia Says:

    Sara,
    Thank you for coming on by and I am very proud of this writer…and my It person is my first born daughter and I am very proud of her work too here on this blog – I get by with a lot of help from my kiddos!

    Your welcome

  14. Jannie Funster Says:

    Sweet.

    When our Kelly was born Jim left a few hours later to sell a car!

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  15. Patricia Says:

    Jannie
    How sweet it is!

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