The night dawned making way for a beautiful milky way and we sat beside the bonfire singing, talking and cooking maggi. It's true what they say, if you truly want to know someone, take them to a place where there is no wifi. And truly, we found a better connection in this wilderness than we ever had before.
Looking back to this trip, I realise how lucky I am to know all his little gimmicks that I was too ignorant to observe before. How he loves crushing water bottles so that they can't be reused; how he has a tendency to walk and then retrace 4 exact steps to check if I'm worried or frowning, and how he constantly strives to strike a balance between between being precautious and yet, finding bewildering moments to express his adventurous side. A most wonderful human being, and someone I'll look up to even more after this trip together.
A page from my journal that most closely describes what I took away from this father-daughter trip:
" To Dad,
All my days I see how much I have of you in me
How traits, how speech, how tastes
transpose and engulf, constantly from you to me,
When the new me resembles the old you,
when the old me gets renewed by the new you.
Like the ocean waves that leave the shore unwrinkled,
always leaving glistening shells behind,
You leave your most precious impressions on me
that in turn
will be my footprints,
Today, Someday, Maybe Always"
So, take a trip with your old man and make up for all the time you spent away from him. For once, try putting your friends on hold, and grab the opportunity to change your equation with him forever!