Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I Appreciate

(on a skate board as a teen, isn't he the coolest?!)
My Dad.
Now, my Dad and I have had a rocky as rocky could be relationship. 
To make a long story short he hasn't really been around for so many reasons.
So many of my friends have seen the roller coaster that is my Dad and I's relationship.
Pretty much all of them are frustrated and upset by how I am with him, especially now.
I am crazy about my dad!
When I was a kid we were buddies!

My favorite memory is when we would go to the cheese factory in Marin.
We'd get brie cheese, french bread and hike up Mt. Tam. It was so amazing. I appreciate the time we 
spent together when I was younger and all the things he showed me.

He was the one parent that really disciplined me. As a result I still feel silly cussing in front of him and I am 24 years old. I appreciate the discipline I

My dad is also really awesome because he races motocross and is 53.
He has been riding motorcycles since he was 13 years old.
He has survived breaking his neck in 6 places during a race and still keeps going.
My Dad worked for PG&E as a line man (gas and electric co. here in CA) forever.
He was electrocuted once while working on lines and fell 30ft to the ground.
He nearly completely lost his memory. He is a lot better now. But still has problems remembering things.
I even double checked through email with him that he was aware I was coming tomorrow to visit.
I appreciate the opportunity to see someone be so strong. Which is probably where I get it form.

I have to give it to him though. The past year he has totally stepped up in the best way he can.
I appreciate so much reading emails from him saying that he was proud of me 
of how much I am determined with school.
It is great to have someone excited about and supportive of me!
I appreciate how motivational he is especially with faith.
Faith is a new thing for me and he really helps with guiding me in that.
"Hang in there with school, you are the one that is going make it happen, no one else, if you don't try, you won't succeed. You hold your future in your own hands, you can, you will make it Cait. I have faith in you, and when you think that it is too much, call on GOD to help you through."

I love being able to go visit in Oregon. It's the best retreat ever. I get to go and be alone. Walk around
the area. We talk about all kinds of things at dinner time, politics, economy, family, life!

I appreciate him being around now. He isn't what I may have dreamed of as a kid when he wasn't around; but I appreciate who he is and what he is able to share. My heart just gets so full of joy when
I talk with him. Just like a giddy little girl inside!


  1. This is such a great post! I wish I had old pictures that I could scan like this!

  2. sounds like you've got a wonderful dad.

    such a sweet post and a testament to the job he did as a father that you appreciate him so much now as an adult.

    does he live in oregon?

  3. Yeah. Coming to you live from Oakland Oregon haha. It's so fantastic down here. Or up here I should say in relation to Sacramento. He is really awesome now. It's taken him a long time to get to the dad he is now. But I really couldn't ask for more!