Category: Dad

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The Sadz Demand To Be Felt.

I’ve found myself a little sad these last couple days because I seem to be missing my Dad a little more than usual. I’m dealing with the sads by eating all of the vegan foods in all of the land. I’m going to be the first morbidly obese vegan in the history of the planet. So, I sat down to write yesterday morning like I always do and just couldn’t because I was all, “Wah. The Sads.” It’s funny because, to my logical brain it makes sense that some days I’m going to really be sad about missing my Dad....

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5 Years.

5 years ago today – my Dad died after a late-stage cancer diagnosis and 5 weeks in hospice care. It was a seemingly fast death, considering it was from cancer. The diagnosis had just been a few weeks before he went into hospice. This was the eulogy I read at his funeral and I share it out every year on the anniversary of his death. I was blessed to have had him for the 62 years, and I’m grateful for that, but what I wouldn’t give to have just one more day with him. I miss him so dearly. Eulogy:...

Hiking with Nyoka in 2006 on Green Mountain. We were taking selfies long before it was cool. 6

In Defense Of Selfies

Kids These Days I saw a surly tween girl the other day, standing in the clothing section at Target, making a duckface into her phone and snapping a selfie. OH. MY. GOD. I wanted to make fun of her SO BAD. She took several, adjusting her bangs and her lips each time. Tilting her head the OTHER way. Raising her eyebrows. I watched her take…maybe 10 selfies before she dropped the phone down, tapped a few times, and then LAUGHED HER ASS OFF. It was BEAUTIFUL. I don’t know if she was laughing at her own face as she posted...

Hiking with Nyoka in 2006 on Green Mountain. We were taking selfies long before it was cool. 3

Dear Dad,

While there are tons of times I miss calling you, it’s never more frequent or more desperate than after a good trail run. I ran a race Saturday that started in 2007. It occurred to me that if my first “attempt” at running in 2006 has been more successful – and not ended in an 8-hour marathon where I ran barely 10 of the 26 miles – I might have discovered trail running sooner. While there are things in my life every day that I hate you’re missing, I really feel strongly that you would have enjoyed my adventures trail...

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Cataloging The Memories

Preface: I’ve been adding to this for a few days, but right now I’m on a bunch of cold medicine and exhausted from a lack of sleep. I apologize for any major typos or grammatical errors. This is the type of entry that’s hard to proof even when I’m feeling well, but when I’m tired and sickly, I just would rather not have to re-read this 100 times. This time every year I find myself thinking tons about Dad. On February 10th, 2009, he was hospitalized with renal failure. He died 7 weeks later. I wrote a little bit here...