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#463330 - 03/28/14 04:41 PM Re: Phase Two [Re: Suwanee]
Suwanee Offline

Registered: 10/30/12
Posts: 703
Loc: Southeast USA

My dad and I are taking an overnight backpacking trip in April. He actually agreed to go and not complain about the rustic accommodations in my ragged Marmot tent. He will not complain about gaining 2,000 feet in elevation in a short period of time. He will not complain about a dinner of red beans and rice in a tortilla shell. He will not complain about an oatmeal and dried fruit breakfast. He will not complain about the taste of the water from the Nalgene bottle. He will piss in the woods and remember what it is like to be free of the yoke of the regular world.

Welcome to my second world, Dad. Afterward, I will deliver you safely home so you can watch the final round of the Masters golf tournament on TV.

Gotta love it.

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#463337 - 03/28/14 06:26 PM Re: Phase Two [Re: Suwanee]
Dave PNW Offline

Registered: 04/03/13
Posts: 111
Loc: Pacific Northwest
Bravo Will. I know your dad wasn't around much when you were a boy and there is a part of you that still needs him to really know you. How fortunate for both of you that you are able to do this. We can't undo the past, but we do have the chance each day to dare to do those things that build relationships and foster connections. These are the things that mend us. The steps forward that make the big difference in life.

So often our parents never really know the men we become. I don't have that option with my father anymore and I accept that this probably would not have ever been possible, but it gladdens my heart to know that you are able to do this. And it reminds me that it's never too late to reach out to those still in our lives and open up and let them know us. I am working on that. Wish you both a good hike.

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