With a Captial EM: “Let’s Go” Lessons from Dad


Let’s go is probably one of my favorite phrases in the English language … well next to “these diamonds are for you.” But then again, I don’t really think that’s a common phrase. Anyway, I love hearing “let’s go” because it usually means sights, new people, likely good food and drinks, maybe some travel and, if you’re lucky, some fun memories. Hearing the words “let’s go” during the summer in Michigan is even better because chances are they mean you’ll be hitting up a beach, taking a ride on a boat, lounging near a pool or hitting up one of the hundreds of amazing festivals going on. We here in the Capital Area are especially lucky because we have access to a lot of great things going on in the summer. I, for one, plan to be “going” the entire summer. It’s nice that the theme of “let’s go” falls in the month of June, which just happens to be the same month that we honor our fathers. It’s nice because if there’s one person I can thank for my love of “let’s go,” it’s my dad. A true mover and shaker, my dad, like me, has little patience for sitting still, unless, unlike me, he’s watching Star Trek. While my mom much prefers enjoying time at home, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find my dad home on a Friday or Saturday night. He’s at a concert, a work event, a ball game or just at a friend’s playing cards. Like father, like daughter. It’s unlikely you’ll find me home any night of the week. With the invention of DVR, I pretty much have no reason to be there. I like to go, go, go. Of course one of the best parts of going is returning. Which is where perhaps the most valuable lesson my dad has ever taught me comes in. He says that when he’s having a rough day all he has to do is think of walking in through the back door and seeing his family — proving that while going is fun, there’s truly no place like home. To thank him I think I’ll combine our love of let’s go and get us tickets to a Lugnuts game at Cooley Law School Stadium, where coincidentally we can also enjoy the biggest diamond the Capital Area has to offer and the joy of getting back to home base.

Tags: Father's Day, vacations, with a capital em

Emily Caswell

Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.

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