A post for my Dad

2 Sep

Today is Father’s Day. Well, it is over here. Not so much in the U.S.A., where my father actually is. But since I haven’t lived over there in nearly 12 years, I celebrate Father’s Day today, and my Dad gets his token “Happy Father’s Day, Dad” email from me on my Father’s Day, rather than his.

Anyway, in honour of Father’s Day, I thought I’d tell you a story about something great that my Dad did for me 11 years ago. Something that, if he hadn’t done, my life would probably be very, very different.

My Dad. I stole this picture from his Facebook photos. He’s obviously a good fisherman, and is pretty famous in fishing circles in the U.S.

It was November 2001. I’d been home from my student exchange in Australia for 4 months, and was a couple of days away from flying back to Australia. I was spending Christmas with my host family, and going to schoolies. For those four months, I’d been working 40-60 hours per week as a school portraits photographer to save enough money to get back to Australia (and have enough to live on while I was there).

My friends took me out for a goodbye dinner. We had a great time chatting and laughing.

When I got home, my Dad was sitting on the couch. I knew something was wrong the minute I saw him.

“The McMurray’s called, they said Canada 3000 went bankrupt. They’re not flying anymore.” The McMurray’s were my host family. I was supposed to fly out from Vancouver on Canada 3000 in 2 days. I guess the airline collapse didn’t make our news in the Seattle area because Cananda 3000 didn’t actually fly there. I always flew out of Vancouver to Sydney because it was cheaper. And it only took a couple more hours to get there than it did to get to Sea-Tac.

My face went white. I nearly fell over. I didn’t have enough money to buy another plane ticket. Especially at such short notice when lots of seats would be booked out and ticket prices higher. I was only 18 years old. I didn’t make that much money even though I had been working my tail off.

“It’s ok, I’ve been on the phone for hours, I got you a ticket on Air Canada, and you fly out the same day you planned to. We just have to pick up your ticket when we get to the airport.” It was still paper tickets back then. Ugh. E-tickets are so much better!

The Air Canada ticket was at least twice the price of the Canada 300o ticket, but my dad didn’t hesitate. He paid for that ticket without second thought, and never asked me for a dime of it back.

What if he hadn’t? I wouldn’t have been able to go back to Australia for a long time (until I saved up a lot more money), and then who knows if I would have missed out on getting back together with Aaron.

So Dad, what you did that day for me set the course of my life. I can’t imagine myself without Aaron, Hannah, and Daniel. Thank you so much for sorting my flights out for me. And also, HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t have any digital photos from 2001, but this one is Aaron and me on Christmas day 2002. Awwwww….

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4 Responses to “A post for my Dad”

  1. www.MyTravelTastes.com September 2, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    Anything for my sweet daughter. I just wished you lived closer to us.
    Love ya,

  2. Toushka Lee (@Toushkalee) September 3, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    what an awesome dad! and that is a hugenormous fish!!!

  3. A Bit of Brooklyn September 6, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    What a sweet story about your fabulous dad! Amazing how small acts of kindness can change our lives!

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