“Uh-huh, Uh-huh, Yo, Yo…”

January Slide Show #3

photo by el jefe (7-8-10)

This summer we were in Park City and my Dad, who has been on this earth for a little more than three quarters of a century, had one of my big brothers escort him on the zip line.  As he stood in line I think he had some of the on-lookers a little worried.  You see, when some people look at my dad, all they see is Parkinson’s.  They don’t know the thrill-seeker I know.  They don’t know the incredibly graceful water skier.  They don’t know the talented Dentist, who spent anytime he could in the outdoors.  My dad is one of my heroes.  I got my love of roller coasters from him but unfortunately I didn’t inherit his patience, endurance, and never complaining attitude.  I’ll work on it.

So, I love this picture because after they harnessed my dad in at the top of the mountain and released the gates, his fellow zipliners waiting behind him let out an explosion of cheers. Is it because they could see past the Parkinson’s? I hope so. But then, waiting at the bottom of the mountain was a large group of people who knew him. I don’t know exactly how many of his 45 grandkids were waiting there, but as soon as we saw Grandpa speeding down the wire, we also cheered…. and cheered and cheered.

I love that moment.


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4 responses

  1. Wendy

    What a great picture, and what a great story!

    January 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

  2. Maurci

    Laura, I love reading your captions!! They make these wonderful pictures just come alive. You have a wonderful talent that I enjoy experiencing.

    January 5, 2011 at 1:58 pm

  3. Wow La, that one was a real tear-jerker for me…. I love the slide shows!

    January 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

  4. chelsea

    How did I miss this post! I love this. All of that was so true and it was a great moment. I wish I could have remembered/known Grandpa in the really adventurous stage, even though I didn’t, I love all of the stories!

    January 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

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