Things I Love Because of My Father, On His Birthday
Inspired by @sarahsolene
- •The author with her dad c.1971.
- •MagnetsMy father is a metallurgist. He loves magnets and all kinds of metal. He is a science and engineering geek.
- •Woods/treesWhen I think of him hiking there is a tree book in his hand, and binoculars are around his neck.
- •The oceanHe moved to the beach when I was 18. My younger 2 above.
- •South CarolinaBecause of the above relocation, I went to college in the south. I love the Lowcountry. I adore the scents (pine + marsh + humidity), the food, the pace, I miss it. Pic is my oldest in Georgetown, SC
- •Making chiliIt starts with two tablespoons of bacon grease.
- •Live musicOnce he retired he went out to hear live music three or four nights a week in the summer. There are lots of bands around where he lives. No more nighttime driving for him now though.
- •Coffee on the porchThe porch is surrounded by pines and there are plenty of mockingbirds and cedar waxwings, lizards and spiders.
- •Learning.My father is always learning. He is curious about everything. He would bring home dry ice or mercury (😱) from work for fun. When I was bored once as a child my father tasked me with memorizing the Hebrew alphabet.
- •VisionMy dad is losing his vision to macular degeneration. He has read the Wall Street Journal cover to cover daily since I was a child. Now he painstakingly scans the left side bar with a magnifying glass and imports articles online into a text to speech reader. He is determined and resourceful.
- •FrugalityI am nowhere near dad frugality but I do appreciate things that work. I would much rather fix what I have than buy a new one, a fading mentality in our current culture.
- •ResourcefulnessI enjoy using the things at hand to solve a problem, MacGyver style. When my dad had trouble carrying armloads of groceries up the stairs, because his house is on stilts, he made a grocery hoist with a rope, hooks, and a boat winch. He goes up the stairs once and then hauls the groceries up.
- •HimselfHappy bismuth birthday, Dad!