Letter To Mom & Dad
2014-03-01 This was written some time ago but is even more
Sitting here in the Enterprise, overlooking San Diego's gorgeous Mission
Bay, I'm enjoying writing and listening to my favorite music. It seems
I've already lived more than I ever thought possible. This is a cherry
on the topping of life.
Outside a kid is playing with his Dad in a
situation of some mild risk. The kid is loving it. He could get hurt
Watching the scene made me further appreciate my lot in life and what
you've done for me. Like that parent, you did not hole me up in a
risk-free tent. You let me play in the tree, climb the tower, fly
gliders, ride my unicycle to school, etc. In a nutshell, you let me risk
life, even participating in it. Both of you.
At the time it didn’t seem strange; after all, I didn’t know any
different. That you enabled your 13-year old son to take glider lessons
is impressive, driving him 35 miles to the Marion gliderport nearly
every summer weekend is amazing. That Dad would tolerate your
absence, Mom, is impressive, but riding his bicycle with me for
the 35 miles is over the top.
You made judgments as to which risks were worth it while being
careful not to stifle desire. I still remember the comments about early
hang gliding (“if I find out you’re flying one of those
And yes, of course it could have had a tragic outcome. But what
tragedy is worse? Being relegated to the cocoon of a “safe” existence or
being allowed to come out, spread my wings and risk getting swatted?
Well I didn't get swatted and my life is sooo much better as a result
of the opportunities. If I do get smooshed tomorrow, or worse, you can
know that it was the fullest of existences. Of course I sure hope to
keep going, exploring new dreams and maybe even reaching new highs. But
you should know that this is how I feel, this is what you’ve wrought.
Anyway, I'm feeling like a pearl in Earth's oyster right now and want
you to know how much I appreciate your enormous part of that.
Be careful out there but…