All Day In the Mountains

We went snowboarding together for a whole day, just the two of us.  It was magical.  She is eight years old, blond, skinny, and freckled.  Sometimes I call her my sunshine because she has a way of lighting up a room with her cheerful spirit.

The snow was fresh, recently fallen.  It was perfect for falling in.  She is a good learner.  The sun was shining all day.

We talked, ate lunch, rode the lift over and over, soaking up the sun and whiteness all around.  She insisted on doing her own bindings as much as possible, and scooting herself out of flat areas when stuck.  If I let her go too far ahead on the slope, she would call "Come on Dad!"  If I passed her, she would call "Wait up Dad!"  I heard these words all day long, and I hope I never forget them.  

We even tried the snowboard dance - where we hold hands facing each other, she balancing heelside and I balancing toeside -- zigzagging down the slope.  It was fun, but a little too scary for her. 

The best part was riding home in the car.  She said, "Dad, I don't know why, but I feel really rich right now - just really rich."  She looked at me with a huge sincere smile.  I had a hard time finding words.  So I just said, "Yeah we are rich" and smiled.  We didn't say much for the rest of the way home.

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4 Responses Feb 21, 2009

Sir Henry, Thank you. <br />
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Thank you for the smile I have beaming across my face. Thank you for the goose-bumps covering my arms. Thank you for the tears welling up in my eyes. Thank you for this warm, secure feeling, inviting solace to my soul. <br />
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Thank you,<br />

I have a six year old daughter and I know exactly what you mean when you say she lights up the room.<br />
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Little girls have that magic, and they say the most charming flattering words that get to you and never leaves your heart.<br />
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I couldn't stop smiling through your story, thank you for sharing such beautiful story.

this is a magical story i feel all warm and fuzzy!

She's lucky to have a dad like you!