Thursday, April 27, 2006
  Dad would be 67 today.

My dad and his glasses and my sister, Kelli, originally uploaded by estacey.

Tonight I'd like to eat a fried egg sandwich, a Snickers bar, and drink some black coffee from a thermos in his honor. Sadly, I'll be diving. Maybe I'll watch a Clint Eastwood flick this weekend instead. Or listen to some George Jones. I'm sure that would make him proud. How about Paul Harvey? Is he still on the air?

It sure makes me sad I can't tell him about batfish and ingrate cats and six-foot-long green morays. I'm sure if I could, he'd let out one of those delighted, head-shaking laughs I can still hear. If this thing had audio capabilities, I could do an impression of it for you. When I try in my head, I start to both giggle and cry.

I wish he could visit. I'd take him sailing. I'd take him to Shuckers at sunset. I'd take him on a glass-bottom boat tour in the Keys. I'd take him out for Thai food. Hell, I'd even take him out for ribs. I hate that he's not a part of my life. I hate that he never got to meet Kyle or Macy.

I wish I had those Drew Carey glasses of his. I wonder what happened to them? Or his blue thermos? Or his wallet? I'd like something more of his to hold.
(Today's entry apparently wasn't an original idea.)

Miss you, Dad.
:( Sorry you have to have this day as a day to think about not having him around rather than just wishing you could be up here with him.

Also, this, and all the other posts about your dad, need to come with a "You WILL cry reading this" warning. I sat at my desk bawling!
I'm so sorry your dad is no longer with you. I know he is watching over you sharing in all your wonderful adventures! Keep up the great blog! I love reading it!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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