le petit hiboux

small but feisty

  • 9th February
    2012
  • 09

Χρόνια πολλά, dada

My dad was an awesome person. He worked hard his whole life, and sacrificed a lot of personal time, to build a life for himself and my mom; he raised my brothers as his own, and treated me like a princess (when he wasn’t riding my ass like a rodeo clown to work harder, think bigger, and be stronger). I got to know him so well in my twenties, and was able to recognize and cherish the twin coins of my personality - what I get from my mother, and what I get from him. 

Today (February 9th, 2012) would have been his 72nd birthday, and it’s our third year without him here to celebrate it. I love looking through these photos, even though he usually hated poising for them, and seeing the great trips and dinners and weekends we spent together in the last ten years of his life (plus some vintage baby photos thrown in). 

Miss you, buddy.

  • 12th August
    2011
  • 12

Baby Beach on Flickr.
Via Flickr: I played on this beach as a toddler. The refinery you see in the background has been there since the 40s, when Esso opened it under the name Lagos Refinery. At its height, the Esso colony had around 2,000 families but when we lived there from 1981 to 1984, it had dwindled to about 500.  The refinery closed in 1985, and then reopened later under another company entirely. The neighborhood surrounding it, once a private gated colony of expats, has by and large fallen into ruin, although the entire island can now drive through and enjoy Baby Beach, which is one of the best on the island. Time does keep marching onward.

I’m putting this here because I didn’t realize it, but this vacation I took represents #88 on my life list. It’s remarkable because my brother Max lives in Brazil, never comes to the States, and we vacation together as a family once a decade, on average. 
There are a couple more life list items I’ve knocked out - this trip also fulfilled #6, spend New Year’s Eve on a beach - and tomorrow night there’s a particularly exciting one coming up, courtesy of my awesome husband. Can’t wait to tell you about it.

Baby Beach on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
I played on this beach as a toddler. The refinery you see in the background has been there since the 40s, when Esso opened it under the name Lagos Refinery. At its height, the Esso colony had around 2,000 families but when we lived there from 1981 to 1984, it had dwindled to about 500.

The refinery closed in 1985, and then reopened later under another company entirely. The neighborhood surrounding it, once a private gated colony of expats, has by and large fallen into ruin, although the entire island can now drive through and enjoy Baby Beach, which is one of the best on the island.

Time does keep marching onward.

I’m putting this here because I didn’t realize it, but this vacation I took represents #88 on my life list. It’s remarkable because my brother Max lives in Brazil, never comes to the States, and we vacation together as a family once a decade, on average. 

There are a couple more life list items I’ve knocked out - this trip also fulfilled #6, spend New Year’s Eve on a beach - and tomorrow night there’s a particularly exciting one coming up, courtesy of my awesome husband. Can’t wait to tell you about it.