Freeform Katia

March 29, 2007

my dear dad

Filed under: family — freeformkatia @ 7:54 am

I was on the phone last night with my dad, who I have to say was in a pretty good mood, and he mentioned that he would like to be quoted more often on my blog. Not that he was complaining, mind you, but just making an observation. Seeing as how I’ve recently been cut out of their will* (this happened yesterday as well, according to my dad), I feel it’s safe to publish a few of these favourite dad-sayings of mine:

They are as follows:

Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.

You have to love hell.

I’m not built for life.

Katia, don’t get old.

Me, poor immigrant…

I’m all alone. No one comes to visit me.

I’m sure there are many many other little ditties that I’m forgetting. Perhaps my two loving sisters would like to add something?

*Upon further quizzing it seems I haven’t actually been cut out of the will. My parents just removed me as executor of the will because I ran off to live in another country. sigh

I had thought I would do another 10 Things You Don’t Know About Me thing… but my dad is much more interesting fodder.

10 Things You Never Knew About My Dad (he’s gonna kill me — or really cut me out of the will, take your pick)

1. his sisters refer to him as Baron. I think it’s appropriate.

2. he has for the past 20 years claimed he wants to become a vegetarian. I think the repeated trips to McDonalds on his way to the cottage are undermining his efforts

3. his favourite donut is a Tim Horton’s Honey Glazed

4. he has a Glider Pilot License

5. he cried when he found out I was pregnant with Maja

6. he picked my name out of an encyclopedia, and has spent the past 34 years looking for the reference.

7. he doesn’t like vinegar or any food made with vinegar

8. he has an intense dislike of Haasen Pfeffer

9. he and my mom built a motor boat together back in the ’70s

10. he called 911 once because he thought someone was shooting at his car. Turns out it was just some rocks sprayed up from another car.

11. he used to take me out hunting for pheasants. We’d spend our time shooting Javex bottles or cans off of fence posts. He never shot anything (not that he didn’t try).

12. he hates fishing. We were also instructed to never catch anything, especially Pike.

Oops, that’s more than 10. And I probably haven’t even scratched the surface.

Love you Dad! (me too)



  1. we both laughed from the bottom of our hearts: that’s our BARON! Isn’t he unique because of the way he is? We really love him the way he is!!!

    Comment by twins — March 29, 2007 @ 9:23 am

  2. Tears were streaming down my face when I read what you remember all of your poor Dad!
    Truly, I love you, Katia !

    Comment by Dad, you father — March 29, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  3. Does this mean I’m not cut out of the will? :)

    Comment by freeformkatia — March 29, 2007 @ 9:49 am

  4. Very sweet, Katia. I think I appreciate my dad more in adulthood than ever too.

    Comment by Lynette — March 29, 2007 @ 10:35 am

  5. You had me laughing outloud.. Your Dad sounds brilliant! I hope I get to meet him sometime… And please let him know if he needs any help becoming a vegetarian, just drop me an email :o)

    Comment by Liz — March 29, 2007 @ 5:29 pm

  6. Well, the two Dad-sayings that completely stand out in my mind (in addition to your list, of course):
    1. Never drive in reverse more than you have to, and
    2. Always check to make sure it is your credit card you get back after paying a bill.

    See, dad? You’re endless ramblings are sometimes listened to! :)

    Comment by Nan — March 29, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

  7. My mom wants to add 2 more Dad Quotes:

    If you can’t be good, be better.

    If in doubt, don’t.

    Comment by freeformkatia — March 30, 2007 @ 7:33 am

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