My Dad, The Birds and The Bees

Last week, when we were up north, we got to spend some time with my dad. I wonder if he ever thought he’d be the father of Mother Goose? He’s also known as Grampa Nate. He lives alone. Well, actually, he’s got two little dogs — Lilly and Yanni. He lives out in the middle of nowhere with his two little dogs — thirty six miles to the nearest town which is Bemidji, Minnesota. He goes to town on Wednesdays so that he’ll get the Senior Discount on his groceries. He goes to church on Sundays because he’s the head usher; actually he’s the only usher. He’s been retired for awhile now, but he used to be a state forester. He climbed through the ranks of the state’s career path, and ended up at the top of the ladder.

Though he lives on a lovely lake, he doesn’t fish anymore. But he does go out weekly in his little aluminum boat to check the water clarity, and he reports that to the state for their records.

He feeds the birds, and can name any bird in the yard. He keeps detailed records of their migratory habits. He has books and journals and notebooks full of information about his birds, the local squirrels, the white-tailed deer in his forest and the daily weather.

He loves nature! He’s always loved nature!

In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s thinking about the birds and the bees in these pictures!

Nate poses in front of his car.

I'm loving his hair!

Nate and Vonna making out on the car.

Mom always said she married him because he looked like Elvis. I think he still looks like Elvis…


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bunn
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 14:48:46

    Wow nice pics!! Love the one of him and Mother Dear!!


  2. Three Well Beings
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 16:18:46

    What a very handsome man! Then and now! I assume he is quite at home with himself if he can live in such a remote area, enjoying animals, birds and the rhythms of nature as his companions. Isn’t that just wonderful! Debra


  3. Dianna
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 21:19:11

    Aw…..what neat photos! Your dad sounds like quite a man. I’m so glad you were able to spend some time with him.


    • Natalie
      Apr 05, 2012 @ 06:18:35

      I wish I lived closer — I worry about him way out there in the woods all alone. We’ve all suggested that he carry a cell phone when he goes for his daily walks with the pups, but, of course, he doesn’t. If he were to fall down, it would be several hours before anyone could find him. But he’s a stubborn old hermit, so we just have to accept that.


  4. eof737
    May 10, 2012 @ 16:02:19

    Ohhh, they look so happy! 🙂


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