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Today my Dad and I parted ways.

We said our goodbyes and shared a laugh, unloaded the van and then he was on his way. I think a tear rolled down each of our cheeks.

I don’t feel like that was enough. And I don’t know if I’ll be able to write it, but this is me trying.

The last few days I’ve been thinking about how that moment would go, would it be a firm handshake and off we went, would it involve sobbing or would it be somewhere in the middle. Turned out it was the middle ground. I watched as my Dad drove away after he had just spent nearly two months with me, consistently putting my vision for this trip before anything else.

The man embodies selflessness and I wouldn’t be half the man I am today if it wasn’t for him.

We laughed yesterday about how well we made it work. He never felt the need to give me a “pep talk”, he always had my back, and his timing when laying out the options – whether it be food or accommodations – was always impeccable. He could tactically diffuse a situation (mostly my disdain for the weather) by waiting me out, and offering easy conversation when I was done dwelling.

I could go on… and on.

Thank you to the man I affectionately call the Faj. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today in this ride, or in life without a role model like you. You said in your guest blog post that I’ve become someone you look up to – well I will never stop looking up to you.

Love you Dad.

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  • David S Blackburn

    A tough day indeed separating from a key rock in your universe, but you know he is only a short few button pushes away should need his words, patience or encouragement as you wrap up the big ride. You’re inspiring Kyle and I just know your dad is extremely proud of you!

    Ride on Kyle!

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