wonders never cease
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
hats off!: shannon.
Only a little over a week until Father's Day, and it's Shannon's turn for a Hats Off! Shoot us an email if you'd like to feature your very own dear old dad.
Tell us what makes your father so great.
My dad is undoubtedly one of the most open, generous, and encouraging people I know. My parents divorced when I was a toddler, and I grew up spending weekends with my dad. I always looked forward to our time together, as I knew he would have a fun adventure planned for us (and he let me drink soda). Whether it was a trip to Montreal, a picnic at the ballet, or antiquing in the Hudson Valley, my dad strove to encourage my interest in the arts and to expose me to new experiences.
Above all else, my dad knows how to enjoy life. His passion for music and design is one trait that he has successfully passed on to me. I have fond memories of sitting in my dad's passenger seat listening to him explain the significance of Marvin Gaye and Bob Dylan. Additionally, one of my favorite activities while staying at my dad's house was to flip through his home design magazines and sketch blueprints of my future home. He always supported my creative endeavors and readily displayed my less-than-stellar artistic efforts.
What would be the perfect gift?
Considering my dad gave me my first sip of whisky several years ago, Whisky Rocks would be a very fitting gift. However, my dad also has a more expansive hat collection than any man I know. I think a panama hat would be the perfect thing to keep him cool and stylish at the horse races this summer.
And the perfect day?
When I think about spending time with my dad, I immediately remember all the time we've spent together in Saratoga, New York. Whether we were watching a symphony at the performing arts center or baking in the sun at the horse races, many of our summer adventures were centered in this quaint upstate New York town. Ideally, I'd love to spend Father's Day with my dad and a packed cooler at Saratoga Race Track followed by a picnic on the lawn while enjoying some music at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.