09/06/2017

Memories of My Dad and Me


Father's Day is fast approaching, and this year in particular I really want to shout from the rooftops about just how amazing my Dad is.  So when The Car People* got in contact with me to see if I would like to share my favourite memory of a car journey with my Dad, I jumped at the chance.  Myself, along with 21 other bloggers have contributed in this lovely campaign, so make sure you go and check their stories out too by clicking right here!

I can quite honestly say that even though I'm not a driver myself at the moment, I absolutely adore road trips.  The longer, the better, and this is all thanks to my Dad.

My Dad loves to drive.  He loves nothing more than long, open roads that he can just cruise down.  In fact, I believe one of the items on his bucket list is to cruise down Route 66 in the States.  However, as much as my Dad loves to drive he does not love traffic!  Because of this, when I was younger I always remember going on road trips with him quite late on in the evening.  In hindsight, it probably wasn't that late at all, but much younger Siobhan who had 7:00pm bed times felt like she was staying up super late!

A memory that really sticks out to me and brings a smile to my face is from when I was around the age of 9/10.  I believe we were travelling to Wales for a family member's wedding.  I quite vividly remember waking up on the backseat of my Dad's car.  It was night time, it was late (Or it certainly was in baby Siobhan's mind anyway!), and we were steadily crushing down the motorway somewhere in between Sheffield and our destination.  I remember the bright lights of the lamps lighting up the motorway, and watching the cats eyes as we zoomed past them (In fact I still do this now, 20 years later!), and I just remember feeling excited and alive.

I suppose I've always had a taste for travel, and I've always loved the journey as much as the destination, and this is no doubt all thanks to my Dad and our many road trips when I was younger.  Although we were only travelling to Wales, which for my Dad was just a few hours down the motorway, for me, at such a young age, I felt like I was going on a real adventure, knowing that when I woke up again I would be in a new, exciting destination that I would get to explore.

This memory doesn't include much interaction between my Dad and I.  In fact, it doesn't involve any.  When I woke up in the back of the car that night, I stayed quiet, pretending I was still asleep.  I didn't want to be disturbed.  I just wanted to take in my environment, and be alone with my thoughts as the lights flashed passed me one by one.  I didn't need interaction at that moment.  All that mattered was my Dad was there, merely inches away from me, I was safe, and I was happy; truly happy in that moment.

Although my Mum and Dad haven't been together for 27 years now, my Dad has, and continues to be a strong presence in my life.  I couldn't ask for a better man to be my Dad if I tried.  He's always been amazing, but over the past six months, since my Mum died he has been nothing short of incredible.

Dedicating a whole post on this blog to my Dad is the least I can do, but it's certainly a start, and I plan on making much more of a fuss of him as we come up to Father's Day.


So thanks Dad, just for being you, and for loving me unconditionally.  Thank you for always making me feel safe, for being there at any time, day and night, and just being a downright superhero!

*I was asked to write this post in conjunction with The Car People - who have kindly gifted me with a hamper to share with my Dad for Father's Day in exchange for this blog post
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  1. Aw I loved reading this, thank you for sharing. I adore my Dad and think Dads in general deserve so much more so I always love to hear people bigging up their Dads. It's funny how such simple memories can make such an impression. <3

    Danielle xo

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It seems like such a none memory probably to people on the outside, but I just remember feeling so happy and content in that moment, and I can't think of anything better than that really! My Dad is my absolute hero. I couldn't have asked for anybody better to have brought me up xx

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