Dynamic!! That’s what it was like to have my father in town. As soon as we got into Fairfield after picking him up from the airport, we ran into some friends of mine in front of Paridiso. I noticed how bright my dad seemed to get just by being around other people. This revealed to my friends and I the root of where I received a bit of my extroverted quality. This playful interaction also served to be foreshadowing a snapshot of what our father-daughter time would be like.
One of my closest friends told me that my dad was ‘alive‘ as in full of vitality and comfortable expression. Others said that he looked so young and strong. I personally admire his everlasting joy and contagious sense of humor. With such an animated influence passed down to his daughter, my dad was a bit curious about my preference for solitude and smaller crowds these days. After spending more time with me, he understood that I had simply found my own way of expression.
So, what did we do while my dad was here? Papa had the chance to witness our advanced reading group recite Vedic Literature for class, he and I walked around town to visit the little shops on the square, and one of our biggest highlights of our time together was our trip to the Des Moines Botanical Garden Center. It was literally another world there! I felt as though we had stepped into a loud, yet silent, ongoing conversation amongst the plants. The atmosphere there was simply delightful.
Overall, I am so glad that we got to spend quality time together. Here in Fairfield, Dad was able to see more closely what my life is like on a daily basis. He was also able to see how I have grown. Through this visit I have received further confirmation about how important one’s environment is. There is something special about seeing someone in his or her home space, or element, that brings out one’s true nature. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to share my home space with my loved ones.