Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Lesson learned

Reason 9,841 why I'm proud of my father.

It was Sunday afternoon. We were standing on the dock chatting while he pumped water out of the floats on his plane. A boy, about 10 years of age, approached across the lawn. He was visually impaired, tapping his way with a cane and assisted by an older man, his father.

He shook hands with my father - bush pilot, hunter, banjo-player, dog-lover - and presented him with a bottle of wine and a note, written in Braille and English.


"Dear Mr. Graham, Thank you for letting me go up in your plane and letting
me fly it the first time. I hope you have a good summer. From Cameron."

And just like that, my father taught me that sometimes doing a favor for someone else is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

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46 comments:

Stomper Girl said...

Good for your Dad. I see he's been rewarded with some nice Australian wine.

And happy blog-versary to you too.

Dawn said...

Your Dad is a great example to us all. What a sweet gesture of thanks from the boy.

Stella said...

That brought tears to my eyes!

You have a wonderful dad!

Awesome Mom said...

What a nice thing to do for that boy! I bet he never forgets it. I know I would not.

Angella said...

SO SWEET.

(Also. Graham is your maiden name? I named my Graham after my Step Mom (her maiden name) because she is the best Mom EVER.)

Mr Lady said...

That's called Being a Fine Man.

Thursday said...

Mr Lady's right - that is indeed called Being a Fine Man. Rightly proud you must be.

Marie around the World said...

You sure have a Great Dad ! :-D

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I'm such a mushball - this made me teary!!

Hallie :)

Girl said...

Funny, that wine reminded me of my dad.

And ya, admitted mooshball.

Bekah said...

that is adorable. and now i miss my daddy.

kbreints said...

what an amazing gift-- what a great man!

Kathryn said...

That is awesome.

chelle said...

aww what an incredibly sweet thing for your dad to do for another!

Chantal said...

Nice!

Threeundertwo said...

That was so sweet!

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Both my parents remind me of that quite often - without using words to remind me. Thanks for reminding me that they remind me.

KEEP BELIEVING

April said...

We never stop learning. Your dad sounds like a true gentleman.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

We are never to old to continue learning from our parents. (Even though many times we think we are!)

Denise said...

What a polite young boy. His mother must be proud. And what a nice thing for your dad to do.

P.S. I love that wine!

caramama said...

Awww! I love your dad!

Vodka Mom said...

sniff sniff. thanks alot. just what i needed today, more TEARS.


(p.s. that was a beautiful thing.)

Ellyn said...

Sounds like a pretty special guy.

Bryan said...

wow. very cool.

ChristophersHeart said...

Your dad is so sweet! And what a wonderful treasure from that little boy!

Holly said...

What a wonderful man. And not only a great lesson for you, but it will be a wonderful memory too.

RiverPoet said...

You're lucky to have a father who knows the value of giving to others...

Peace - D

Sassy One said...

How sweet! Your dad sounds like a great man...and what a touching letter from the boy :)

..to say nothing of the wine! mmmm

womaninawindow said...

Very, very sweet.

Casey's trio said...

What a great post...just what I needed tonight:)

Huckdoll said...

Just beautiful!

And Yellow Tail is great wine...what an awesome gift in accompaniment to the letter.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Your dad sounds like an incredible guy to look up to.

Heather said...

Awww. What a great feeling all around.

Tootsie Farklepants said...

How sweet!

Elaine A. said...

Gives me hope for the human race. ; )

Seriously, very sweet on both their parts...

kia (good enough mama) said...

oh, that's beautiful. sniff, sniff... your dad sounds awesome. :)

LaskiGal said...

What so many of us should aspire to be . . .

I'd most definitely be proud.

Janet said...

That's so sweet! Great taste in wine, too. ;)

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Your dad is a brilliant example of compassion and generousity. That brought tears to my eyes.

Thanks for sharing that.

Amanda said...

Sheer perfection.

The Boyds Family said...

what a great example of how we should all be...good for your dad!! WAY TO GO!!

tommie said...

This brought tears to my eyes. He sounds like a wonderful man.

Kimmylyn said...

Simply wonderful. Good soul food.

Kimmylyn said...

Simply wonderful. Good soul food.

Jaina said...

Aww, give your Dad a hug from me, please.

Barrie said...

Great story. Thank you for sharing.