Tuesday, March 27, 2012

52 Weeks of Happiness :: Week 3


The other day, I went fishing at this pond with my dad.
It was a beautiful sunny day and the water
looked so welcoming and calm.


My dad was a great host as this was
my first time to fish this spot with him.

He worked hard to make sure
that I was comfortable and happy.

He even set up a yummy picnic for us.


We hopped in the boat
and he taught me how to Fly Fish.
He was so patient with me
as I clumsily attempted to cast.

There is something so tender
about being taught a new skill
by a parent when you are an adult.

Mutual respect,
and love lingers.


In fact, I love my Dad so much
that I let him dress me in a bright orange fishing shirt.
He perched his favorite hat on top of my head
and I didn't even complain.

I actually lipped a fish.
If you know me at all,
you know that I never do these three things.


Yet, when I was in the pond, in my dad's sacred place,
it all felt so natural and right.

I love going to that place with him.


Later, we drove home on a wide country road.
The windows were rolled down
and we listened to Johnny Cash on the radio
as the wind tossed the music around us.

I felt so happy and free.
It's the kind of memory that takes root
and lives within you forever.

I feel so blessed to spend time with my Pops.


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makes you wildly happy and tell us all about it.
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Pieni Lintu said...

Nice shots! :)

Have a lovely week!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Looks like a wonderful day!

Ducky said...

Looks amazingly beautiful!!! I love places like that. Even looking at the photos lowers my heart rate, spreads a wide smile and I just breathe easier!

Kristy LifenReflection said...

love the beautiful reflections!

Linda D. said...

Fishing Fun! Beautiful Setting! Amazing Day! Thanks for sharing.

Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

What a wonderful day Leigh! That first shot is SO BEAUTIFUL- amazing reflection!

Jen said...

You are so very lucky to have had this time together! What a perfect day!

Life with Kaishon said...

That looks like a wonderful time for certain : )

Kara said...

I had a friend who used to call those moments part of the sacred hoop. What a wonderful memory for you and a lovely testimony to your dad

Katherine said...

What a wonderful thing to do with your father. It makes me a little homesick.

Tima said...

What a great day with your dad. The view is stunning.

Susan said...

Great memories made indeed!

Kelly Lund and Kids said...

How relaxing :) and what a beautiful memory you will always have... I sure miss my Dad, but know he's always with me... Happy Tuesday!!

Mama Zen said...

This made me tear up!

Anonymous said...

That is so awesome. gorgeous photos.

Jenn said...

Sounds like a lovely day. I love fishing with my dad... and I love passing it on to my kid by taking them fishing.

Andrea said...

This post of yours makes me happy! Absolutely beautiful tale to tell and memory to have made!

Sue said...

Seems like the two of you have a wonderful relationship. And you're right. That IS lucky.


Randy said...

Wonderful post Leigh! I have many great memories of fishing with your dad in Texas. Thanks for sharing yours.