My Dad would take us to the beach in Cape May, NJ every year. I loved it down there. My Dad is a generous guy and loves talking to people. He's actually very selfless and that's a quality that I really admire about him. He's extraordinarily kind to strangers and it is lovely to watch him interact with people. He and my grandfather are very charming individuals and very outgoing. My Dad is also very funny and it is wonderful to watch him goof around and annoy my Mom. I also love to watch my Dad play with our pet turtles. He loves those turtles. I never knew that he would be such a turtle person but he absolutely loves them. Now, when he builds bridges, he will pick up a turtle on the job site and move it out of harms way.
My parents did really amazing things when I was a kid. It's really funny, there are some people who say, "I don't want to be like my parents" and I totally understand that. BUT - I do want to do the things that my parents did well for my kids. Because my parents did a lot of things really well and I hope I can recreate those things and share those qualities with my kids.