This is a Very Proud Blog Post.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

While my blog does seem to revolve around a lot of good food and beautiful places I've explored, surprisingly, the world doesn't revolve around me. Shocking, I know.

All jokes aside, I'm not the only person in my family who occasionally does something cool. I talk about a lot of random things on my little corner of the internet, but I've rarely really talked about someone really important to me: my dad.

My dad is usually behind the camera, trail blazing on one of our infamous hikes (with his green backpack on), making fun of me as I awkwardly try to take "sneaky" pictures, etc. 

Basically, he's a huge part of this blog even though he's rarely mentioned (and arguably the person who got me into this whole peanut butter loving thing to begin with). 

I'm a lot like my dad. We both don't take many things seriously (see above). We both have greenish/blue eyes and long legs. We both like running and snacking and climbing mountains and tall trees and finding new music and singing in the car with the windows down and hammocks and baking cookies on a Saturday night.

And we both like writing. Actually, I take that back. Sometimes we love it, sometimes we hate it, but we both feel compelled to write.

While most of my writing is about chasing waterfalls and long roadtrips and my undying love for bananas, my dad somehow found time to sit down and write an actual book. Like a real, hardcover book with his name on it and everything.

And he dedicated it to my mom, which is like the epitome of nerdy relationship goals.

 Anyways, last Saturday, I got to spend the afternoon at a book signing. Specifically, I got to spend the afternoon at my dad's book signing. Trust me, it's as cool as it sounds.

I appointed myself as the press of the event aka I took a lot of pictures and pretended I was paparazzi. To the innocent onlooker, I probably looked like a ridiculously proud mom, but it's not every day that you get to watch your dad give a talk and sign his own book.

By the end of the afternoon, my dad's hand was tired, and all the books were sold out. And I'm pretty sure that everyone left with a smile on their face.

It doesn't get much better than that.

So, I didn't climb another mountain or make some amazing new dessert, but inspiration really can be found anywhere. Even in the people that you've seen every day for 18 years.

Dad- Thank you for long walks where we spontaneously verbalize the stories in our heads. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on paper for the world to read. Thank you for showing me dedication and hard work. As I listened to your talk and read your words, it became evident to me how gifted and intelligent you are. You are so humble, underestimating yourself and your words constantly, but I am one of the few who is so blessed to have access to you and your mind all the time.

Thank you for letting me freak out when I found your book on Amazon with two 5-star reviews. Thank you for 18 years of bad puns and for forcing me to hug you and for believing in me even when I didn't deserve your faith.And thank you for making me one of the proudest human beings on earth as I watched you sign books. I know I'll be in Austin next year, but if you ever want to do a book signing up there, I'll always be your personal manager. I'll even provide Chinese food for lunch. :-)

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

Sometimes, that magic and inspiration is even hidden in the person you call "Dad".

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  1. How awesome! What a rock-star writer/dad! XOXO

  2. SO cool that your dad wrote a book and had his own book signing! What an awesome accomplishment. And your parents are just too cute :)

  3. How beautifully written, seriously so moving. I know you will do great things too with your writing, like father like daughter. My dad has published a few children's books so I understand the proud mom feeling at book signings and readings. It is so inspiring and humbling to see someone you love so dearly accomplish a dream! Miss our tumblr talks!

  4. Ahh that's so awesome! Books are something that will always be a comfort, and it's great your dad wrote one. And the fact that he did dedicate it to your mom is too cute :)


  5. What a beautiful post!! I agree that you too will do great things with your writing! Congrats to your father on the book!

  6. OMG that's so cool!!! Congrats to your pops :). My mom is a phenomenal writer and I keep trying to get her to write a book... maybe I should show her this post haha.

  7. Wow congrats to your dad!! That's such an accomplishment. How neat that you both like writing (or hate it, or feel compelled to write). ;)

    My dad is a writer too! I'll have to motivate him to put his thoughts together like your dad. Maybe one day... :D


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