Sharka Ride #390,255

(Warning, there’s not much to this post. It’s mostly for myself for years later.)

"Hi Sharka!"

“Hi Sharka!”

The scene: a quiet Saturday morning. I needed to run some errands before making gauges for the rest of the day. My little girl asked to come along on said errands, as she often does.

“Okay, hop in Bucky.” (Bucky was the Miata with her car seat installed at the time.)

“But… I haven’t had a Sharka ride in a while.”

“But Bucky has your seat. Let’s just go in him.”


And then she peers into Sharka’s passenger window and starts kind of chattering. The conversation went something like this –

“Hi Sharka! How are you? Yeah, I’m pretty good too. *giggle* yea, I could use a bath too. I’m hungry. I think me and daddy will get some brunch. Where should we go? Hmmm… that’s a good spot…”

My heart melted.

And she just kept talking to Sharka, her big brother. I had time to pull my phone out and snap this pic.

Thing was, she wasn’t doing this for my benefit. She wasn’t putting on a show. It’s OBVIOUS when a 6 year old is putting on a show. She just missed Sharka and wanted to say hi. I don’t think she even realized I was listening.

I had no choice.

Happiness x3

Happiness x3

Yeah, I swapped the car seat into Sharka right away and we drove out. Not one mouth was without a smile. Harriet, Sharka, and me. All three. Such happiness.

My quick errand became a full morning of driving here and there, brunch, meandering, and not doing much in particular.

Best morning in quite a while.

Springtime for Sharka

Springtime for Sharka

Years go by so quick. It seems like just a few weeks ago, I was writing about Harriet’s first drive in Sharka. I should imagine her prom pix next to the little blue and white car will be shot next month. I couldn’t let this one go by without a quick blog.

My heart is full, you guys. It’s really full.

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  • (Warning, there’s not much to this post. It’s mostly for myself for years later.)

    Wrong my friend, there is so very much to this post. What a wonderful story, you’re a lucky father & she’s a lucky little girl to have a father like you. Take it from someone who spent 30 years with kids, this is a treasure.

    LOL, even better that Harriet is loving Miatas!

  • Dustin Yee says:

    i guess when i drive out we will have to find an empty parking lot so you can take her out in for a spin in the cappo.

  • Larry Hopper says:

    Very nice story. Thank you for sharing.

  • zoona says:

    my 7 year old has a similar thing. loves being taken to school in baby car.

  • chaynes92 says:

    This made me tear up. My son is ten and he always requests we take the Miata, no matter which one I have at the house at the time. Warms my heart to read this story.

  • Bryan says:

    Gosh, Harriet is getting so big! Keep forgetting she and Camden are about the same age (he hits 6 this month).

  • Klaus says:

    Thanks for sharing, Adam!

    These are the times when I find myself longing again – having no children of my own I realize from time to time what I have missed in my life. Still very fond and very proud of the kids my wife has brought into our relationship, though … *whattears?*

  • GT-Alex says:

    Damn, Harriet is getting taller than Sharka ! That perspective took me by surprise as well ! Also, this is a nice blog post, those small stories, they get stuck through your head for life.

  • Andrew says:

    I hope my daughter Shelby (6mo) and I will be able to share moments like this in the future.

  • Bart says:

    Your daughter is growing up fast and she is beautiful. When she starts dating, your blogs should be even more interesting. Along these lines, you will be able to answer some questions, like will a boyfriend fit in the trunk of a Miata?

    All ribbing aside, your a good dad, memories are for life.

  • Eric says:

    I think my eye seals have developed a leak. You are right that these are the moments to cherish. Like a million other parents have said, they grow up do fast and we only get them for a little while. Your daughters a lucky girl.

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