9AM one Saturday in August 18 years ago:
“So…. how did last night’s Match.com date go???” my dad boomed as I opened my door.
“Uh, Dad, she is – here!”, I answered.
Kaiwen peeked over my shoulder to see her date’s father.
“Oh! Wow! That IS a good date then!”, he declared with a broad smile and chuckle.
Kaiwen knows my dad just 12 hours less than she knows me. Our first date went magical and after some time at her place, we went back to my place on Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach. My dad brought my cousin Brandon along for a beach day of lazily good times.
My dad immediately accepted Kaiwen as a dear friend and was generous with his affection and made her feel that she was a member of the greater Canby-Bethkania family on our first weekend together.
That moment alone summarizes my dad.