However, I still wanted to do a Thursday Thirteen, and so I'd like to share
13 Memories of My Father
He used to dance in the living room to all sorts of music - I remember watching him dance with my mother, and then pick me up to dance with me, too.
Later, he joked that he'd done this so he could get his TV/radio combo back, since I'd hijacked it a few months prior.
In his enthusiasm, he didn't do that firm single pull. The fish got away. I looked at him and said "You didn't 'set the hook'."
He looked at me, smiled sarcastically and said... "Kim? Shut up." Then he laughed.
I started singing along to a song by ELO, and then to the chorus of a song by Olivia Newton-John (I think it was "If You Love Me Let Me Know"). He asked me how I knew the words. I honestly didn't know I did. LOL!
The whole story is that I was so enthusiastic about trying to find chores to do in order to earn that money, my parents quickly realized that I wasn't going to give up any time soon on this goal. One afternoon less than a week after I started "working" to earn the money, my dad asked me to come with him to Woolco. He said he wanted to see what kind of bike I was talking about. (You see where this is going, right?)
I showed him the one I wanted (that Huffy Pro Thunder model), explaining that I wanted the boys' model and that it was sooooo cool and I couldn't wait because it'd be so much fun to ride and now I could ride with Dustin (my cousin and next-door neighbor) and keep up with his BMX bike and....
Dad took all of this in, nodded, and said "Okay, that's good to know. I'm glad you're working so hard for this." And he took me home.
The next day, I got home from school and Dad arrived shortly afterwards with the bike in the back of the truck.
My sister (three years older than me) and I shared a room from an early age. Our beds were on opposite sides of the room. One night, for some reason, we decided to trade beds.
Long after we'd gone to sleep, my father came home from work (late shift) and looked in on us. I remember the door opening, the golden cast of the hall light coming in, and him standing there for a moment, looking from one bed to the other, momentarily confused. He chuckled after a moment and then closed the door to let us sleep.
It is one of many, many times I felt so incredibly safe and secure thanks to him, and I knew that he loved me.
I'm sorry, but there's no eye candy this week. I'm sure you understand why.
Thanks for reading.