A Smile On Her Face

May 8, 2011 · 36 comments

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When I was nine you told me you wanted a kayak for your birthday.

I really really REALLY wanted to get one for you.

Because even though I had just met you, I really really REALLY liked you.

You were playful and funny and caring and we missed having that around.


I asked my Mom if we could get you the kayak and she laughed in my face.

Something about a kayak being a bit pricey for a birthday gift for a friend.

The Lake

What does she know?

I asked her if she would marry you so that you could be our Dad.

Because you were playful and funny and caring and we missed having that around.

She laughed in my face.

Something about “just being friends” and “that’s absurd” and “you’re out of your mind Kathy.”

Fifteen years later she said I Do.


What does she know?

Thank you for putting a smile on my mother’s face.

Papa B and Mom

Happy Birthday.

And sorry. No kayak this year…turns out she was right about that.


Mama Kat Loves You When You Love Her


Jessica May 8, 2011 at 11:30 pm

Happy Birthday!

Funny how it turns out mom was right about the kayak being too expensive.

Lynn MacDonald (All Fooked Up) May 9, 2011 at 3:47 am

What a nice homage to what seems to be an awesome guy!!!

Glad it worked out…did he ever get that kayak?

Mama Kat May 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm

No kayak…he has a canoe though. That should suffice right? ;)

Vinobaby May 9, 2011 at 3:52 am

Fabulous tribute. Can I get you to write one for my Dad?

Buy the guy a kayak already. Or a canoe. They hold more people.

Mama Kat May 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm

He’s got a canoe! :) So we’re good. And yes, I’ll write one for your Dad.

Big bad awesome Dad.
Thank you for being rad.
You take care of me when I am sad.
I am glad
You’re my big bad awesome Dad.

That’ll be 50 bucks.

Bankerchick May 9, 2011 at 5:07 am

What a lovely tribute to your special dad! Aren’t you glad you were right?

Mama Kat May 9, 2011 at 6:49 pm


Pendu February 27, 2014 at 9:51 am

I bought a used 16 foot necky from them years ago. It was a good deal and got me into sea kaikyang. I was also able to sell it a few years later for about what I paid.JOE

Anjie May 9, 2011 at 5:13 am

A very sweet tribute!!

What about renting some kayaks for a day?

Mama Kat May 9, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Love that idea!

Natasha May 9, 2011 at 6:30 am

Touching story. I think you should get him the kayak.

Christine King May 9, 2011 at 7:40 am

What a wonderful love story! What a wonderful daughter you are!

KIr May 9, 2011 at 7:42 am

as a STEP DAUGHTER, this post was just about perfect.

Loved every single line in it.

Pinkim May 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

Oh, how lovely…what a wonderful tribute!

Jenn @ South of Sheridan May 9, 2011 at 8:16 am

Aw :) Sometimes the greatest loves in our lives are right under our noses.

Suzanne McClendon May 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

I am glad that your mama found someone to make her – and you – happy. :)

Too bad about the kayak. Maybe someday.

Arlett from Chasing Joy May 9, 2011 at 8:53 am

This is really nice. Kids are often great judges of character. Glad your mom finally took your advice :-)

Melissa R May 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

OH… I love it!! What do moms know anyway : )
What a sweet and heartwarming story!! Put a smile on my face!!

Tiffany May 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

Kids are amazing judges of character. (oops- saw someone else already said that, but it can never be said enough!) Beautiful post.

Stephanie @ Figments of a Mom May 9, 2011 at 10:49 am

Awww that was so sweet!

Kimmy May 9, 2011 at 10:49 am

Awww….what a sweet, yet simple little story! I love this!

Happy Birthday to your mom’s man :o) Wouldn’t it be cool if we all pitched in for you, like a dollar so that you could get that kayak for him?! Just an idea. Maybe you can blog about it….then I can take the credit for it..lol!!! Ooooh, I think I just may of had a Mama Kat moment!!

Cinnamon May 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

What a sweet story !!! Thank you.

Jennifer May 9, 2011 at 11:26 am

So sweet. And I think friends make the best husbands.

MJ * iNeedaPlaydate May 9, 2011 at 11:37 am

So sweet & simple. Such a lovely tribute.

Cousin Erin May 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Love it. Happy Birthday to Bob!

[email protected] May 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm

What a sweet story. I’m so glad your mom found happiness. Wishing them many, many joyful years together.

The Sweetest May 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Aw, I love this. You and your mom are so fortunate to have such a wonderful addition to your family!

Jenny May 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm

That was very sweet :)

CeCe Hester May 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm

So simple – yet so beautiful!
I love smiles before I fall off to sleep to prepare for another day with my special learners!
Thank you!

Jen May 9, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Aw, so sweet.

A Mommy in the City May 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

This is so sweet! Maybe one day he will get his kayak!

The Lovely One May 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Love this– so sweet! It’s so great that your mom was able to find love again… again!

Rachel {at} Mommy Needs a Vacation May 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Fabulous tribute. So glad your mom found love again!

Papa B May 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

YES YES YES!!!!!!!! I love the suggestion of everyone chipping in and buying ME the kayak…Actually, I’m the fortunate one here – to have found such a wonderful, loving family AND a lovely step daughter (Kat) to chronicle it all. Your mom said I can’t say this brought me to tears as I’d sound like a WOOOS…so…This really moved me.

Christi May 10, 2011 at 8:24 am

Such a nice post! How about an inflatable kayak? I hear they’re cheaper…

Jessica May 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Awww, just reading this now and it is so sweet, my husband is step-dad to my oldest and I can only hope she loves him this much. And what a sweet comment from “Papa B”.

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