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Da Da

Today was father’s day. I tried to call my dad a couple of times, but kept getting a message that “the call could not be completed as dialed.” If any of you talk to my dad anytime soon, tell him I didn’t forget about him.

It was a good father’s day for me. Fatherhood is getting better and better. It's natural for kids Jacob’s age prefer their mom when things get stressful, particularly when mom is the primary care giver. I understand that and don’t usually take offence, but it is still hard to be a consistent also ran in my boys' eyes. However, Stephanie got the brush off in favor of me tonight during our pre-bedtime reading. When it was time to read “Panda Palace,” Jacob said, “Lay Daddy?,” which meant that he wanted me to lay down on the bed so that he could lay down next to me. Steph was there, and she told him, “I’ll lay down with daddy too and read the book.” But Jacob wouldn’t have it. He pushed Stephanie’s hand off of the book, and picked up mine and place it on the book instead. That’s my boy. I was wearing Toby in the backpack yesterday when we walked up to one of those convex security mirrors. He saw me in the mirror, reached out to the mirror and said “da da!” and began to wave. That’s my boy. 

Steph gave me two cards this morning, one from her and one “from the boys.” They reminded me of my own recent experience shopping for greeting cards. On a quick trip in to town just before Mother’s Day and graduation, I ran in to Fred Meyer with a list from Stephanie. The list included greeting cards for the aforementioned holidays. In my hurry, it took everything I had not to blow off that part of the errand. In a desperate hurry, I scanned the shelf trying to match a card to both the sender and the recipient. I wasn’t checking prices, but only making my best effort to find a card that would work. Until the checkout line. And so here is what I paid for greeting cards. And keep in mind, these are smallish pieces of paper with some pictures and words: nine cards; a total of $28.21; and average of $3.13 each; the highest (I got two at this price) was $4.99. I could buy a magazine or eat lunch for that price. Crazy.

I meant to be in bed long before now. It’s almost one, and tomorrow is the big hike. I spent the evening packing and checking things off the list, so think I’m all set. It’s been raining a lot lately, and I’m worried I’m gonna get caught in a three day downpour, or get fogged in in the mountains and not be able to see a thing. The solstice is on Thursday, and there are all kinds of fun things to do in Fairbanks that day, so I’ll be hurrying to get back by then.

Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 at 01:03AM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell | Comments2 Comments

Reader Comments (2)

Have a good hike and I hope to see you write in great detail about this experience. I envy you and wished I am there and have the young-nest (is there uch a word?), sterngth and agility to do it, but alas, I am still in Texas, and too old for it. See you soon.
June 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDad
Alas, Panda Palace is no more! Jacob took it to bed with him tonight and tore it apart page by page. Such a shame - that was one of my favorite books!
June 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterWife

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