Monday, June 18, 2012

Dads, the Better Late Than Never Version

My dad and his brother Eric in their youth, must be about
1872 or something.

Dad and me, and grandma either behind or reflection, 1981
My dad taught me about art and camping and fishing.
He took me to theater in the park, shopping for books, climbing on
boulders and fishing in rivers. He took us sledding and skiing and made
elaborate, scaled and clawed Chinese snow dragons when
other kids just had snow men and carrot sticks. He's an artist and
a writer and his memory has got to be borderline
photographic. Never play against him
in Trivial Pursuit.

Bradford Erickson, Great American Trout Series, oil on canvas

My cousin Sarah and her dad, my uncle Eric, who we lost 
in 1991. I know he had a great sense of 
humor and one of those great
big personalities. Being around him 
was always a good time. 

My dad's dad, Grandpa Erickson, who was
on ski patrol and kept horses and always
wanted us to watch a John Wayne or The
Unsinkable Molly Brown. 

My mom's dad, Richard, who I never knew but didn't
he just have smiling eyes? Also may have
been connected to the mob, look, we'll never know.

My girls and their daddy, who 
teaches them about wrestling
and reads them fantasy stories
and shares Ayla's love
for strange and creepy things.
 We hike mountains
in flip flops here, because why not?

Love all you awesome dads.


  1. Oh, I love that first picture! It's all kinds of awesome, and I say that in total seriousness. I like looking at other people's old pictures, don't you? Are your Dad and Uncle twins? Oh, and I'm jealous that I didn't think of doing a Father's Day post featuring my Dad, his Dad, my Mom's Dad, etc. Very nice.

  2. Smiling eyes are why I married my husband! And now he wears glasses so I don't get to see them as much. I love when he puts in his contacts. Great tribute!!

  3. We are blessed to have had such wonderful men in our lives. :)

  4. Lovely photos... May I submit that you inherited your Mom's Dad's smiling eyes? Love that you have artists in your genealogy and that you and hubs are passing it on. Happy (belated) father's day to Mr. V!

  5. I so totally loved this post and I know I'm way late commenting on it, but it's just ... well, it's just so darn cool.

    This is a great tribute to some great men. I totally dig that first picture. Looks like maybe Black Canyon of the Gunnison?


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