Monday, February 4th, 2008
The Coolest Thing Your Parents Ever Did
Take a moment and look at these photos of a father repainting his child’s roomâ€”from scenes of Winnie the Pooh in the Hundred Acre Wood to a cavalcade of DC Comics super heroes striking their famous poses.
Then answer the question: What’s the coolest thing your mom or dad did for you when you were a kid? It doesn’t need to be unique, or arsty or anything… just something special you recall from your childhood.
My answer: My parents loaded their four kids in a van and took them camping several times each summer. We mostly frequented state and national parks in California for hiking and fishing. I took this for granted until I met my wife, who had never camped or even rafted the river in her hometown. In my teen years, I fell in love with Lava Beds National Monument after two family trips there. It’s a downright remote and desolate locale offering self-guided lava tube caving.
The photo above is a coworker’s 5-year-old daughter, from a few years ago, waving her arms while standing under a cave “skylight.”
As a parent, I look forward to my daughter’s fifth birthday (an arbitrarily age threshold), when we’ll be packing the car so I can impart the same types of memories my parents gave me.
My wife’s answer: My father was in the military and was transferred from South Carolina to California when I was nine-years-old. Military families tend to move a lot, but this particular move took two weeks as we drove across the country in our station wagon.
Along the way, we visited my parents’ numerous friends and played with their kids. Imagine going from stop to stop, meeting people you don’t know who are always happy to see you and celebrate with big dinners and cake, staying up late on sunny summer nights. In true National Lampoon Vacation style, one of the last stops on our trip was Disneyland. The only downside of such a trip is having your sister get carsick and throw up in your shoes.
So… What’s the coolest thing your mom or dad did for you when you were a kid? If you have a blog, blog it and drop us a link. If not, share a memory below.