I spent last week driving home from Florida with my father in his RV. Usually Mom co-pilots this trip but she was taking care of other things in our family! And mom and I both agreed that it was too long of a trip for him to do alone, and since there are two of us, the girls won that vote!
Everyone I told that I was doing this last minute trip, you could tell had compassion for me. Not because I was hanging with my dad but more because driving from Florida to Massachusetts is never a fun trip! Honestly though I was happy to do it.
Think back to the last time that you got to spend three 24 hours days with your father. Just you and him alone in a small world together. Some of you might be thinking that it would be hell depending on your relationship. Some of you might be thinking that you wish you had that opportunity. And some of you might have had the same opportunity I did and are grateful.
For me it was a trip that I wanted to do. I am thankful that I see my father on a regular basis and that we have a fabulous relationship. We spent every summer together because he was a teacher and my mom worked. We would hang out with the car guys or go to the marina and work on the boat.
My dad is one of those fathers that would do anything for his daughter. Protect, Teach and Love are just a few of the things I think of when I think of him. To this day, every time I leave for a trip he says "Watch Your Back". His teacher nature is always showing me something or sharing some creative idea he has to fix the world. And I can always see the love in his eyes, even when I annoy him!
Overall the trip was pretty uneventful! Which is good when you are driving 1,500 miles with a house on wheels. We talked a lot about the past and the future. He shared some of his interesting ideas on how to fix different things (which always blow my mind). And we shared some delicious meals!
After 3 long days, we made it home and were both still speaking to each other. I knew as we hugged good-bye, that that trip was the best trip I had had in long time! You will always be daddy's little girl, no matter how old you are!
I encourage you to spend some time with your father. Go on an outing, a short trip or just spend the day together. You can't get back lost time, so don't regret the things you wished you would have done! Life is short, so value the time you have together. Call your Dad today and tell him you love him.
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