My wife, sister and I spent hours yesterday trying to figure out what we were going to do today for the fathers in our families. We were trying way too hard to find something that would appease all different sides of the family. After a way too busy weekend we really wanted to do something, but had little energy to put something together. We ended up just taking our dad’s (and my sister’s husband) on a hike through the Torrey Pines State Park. We spent just under 3 hours walking around and enjoying the beautiful day (today as actually the longest day in the year). My nieces (almost 2 and 4) were a blast, but the four year old got mighty heavy on my shoulders at around mile 2.5. We got back to the parking lot and went or separate ways, driving home to an epic sunset. It really was a great afternoon and showed me how ridiculous we can be trying to put together a party or ‘event’ when in reality all we should be doing is spending time with those that are important to us. Sometimes, it is the none planned moments with those that we love that end up being the most memorable. My wife always jokes that I’m not very good at the whole “quality time thing,” and though I sometims brush it off, the truth is I need to intentionally seek it more often.
I love my dad and have feel extremely blessed to have a man like him as a role model, mentor and person to laugh at/with. My dad and I are very different, but I have learned much from him and am honored to be his son. So thanks dad!