Dads are pretty special


I found these drawings when my family was cleaning out my dad’s office. They’re probably from when I was five or six years old. Dads are pretty special people.








Exploring Balinese temples. Note: My entire family is wearing bare feet because that’s how Dad rolled.


Dad taking my sister Summer out in Western Port Bay.

Dad took us out paddling a lot. Here he is with my sister Summer in Western Port Bay.



Dad in the bungalow office he built in the backyard.

Today we’ll be sending my dad off at his memorial service. Thanks, Dad. xo

Torre DeRoche is the author of two travel memoirs, Love with a Chance of Drowning (2013) and The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World (due out September 2017). She has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian Travel, The Sydney Morning Herald, Emirates, and two Lonely Planet anthologies.

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  • Lauren @ Roamingtheworld April 14, 2014, 6:45 am

    Beautiful Torre. I love the drawings and the photos. A nice little tribute to your wonderful dad.
    Thinking of you and sending out lots of love as you mourn and celebrate your amazing father! I know, (unfortunately), just how strange, difficult and sad it is to say good-bye.

  • Melody April 14, 2014, 9:24 am

    Jesus Torre!

  • Greta April 14, 2014, 10:00 am

    Precious memories on pieces of paper, what a find.

  • Wanda St.Hilaire April 14, 2014, 7:08 pm

    You’re making me cry. With the family you have, I’m sure your send off will be beautiful.

  • Andi April 14, 2014, 8:32 pm

    These are so beautiful! You are so blessed to have had such an amazing Dad!!!

  • Tasha | Turf to Surf April 14, 2014, 10:46 pm

    These are so sweet, Torre. I’m so sorry you have to say good-bye…it’s sad that anyone has to say good-bye. Ever. I hope you get a lot of hugs today 🙂

  • Sarah Somewhere April 15, 2014, 4:12 am

    Oh Torre, way to make me cry before bed. Been thinkin’ about you, your sisters and your Mum. Your family is so awesome, and yes, your Dad is a special one. Sending you love, which it seems your family has in spades xxx

  • Charica Roche April 15, 2014, 7:40 am

    I love your tribute to your dad, and condolences to you and your family.

  • Laura Whitfield April 15, 2014, 10:21 am

    Oh, dear girl! I am so sorry about your loss. Thank you for sharing this intimate glimpse at the first man in your life, the one who gave you wings and encouraged you to fly. What a legacy. Thanks to your father (and mother) we are reaping the rewards. Take care. xo Laura

  • Heather April 17, 2014, 7:57 pm

    Dad’s are pretty special. My thoughts are with you today, so sorry about your dad.

  • Torre DeRoche April 21, 2014, 8:58 am

    Dear everyone who stopped by here on my little ol’ blog,

    Thanks for all your kind words, thoughts and energy. It has been enormously helpful. I never knew how to offer condolences to others who have lost someone they love, but now, thanks to you, I know what helps ease the pain.


  • Sheherazade April 25, 2014, 1:35 am

    You’re a very lucky women to have had such an amazing father.
    Cherish having such a beautiful relationship for the rest of your life.

  • Kim van Oosterwijck April 25, 2014, 1:14 pm

    Just finished reading your book and your time with your dad on board the Amazing Grace in Tonga must be one the the many moments you cherish of your time with your dad. So sorry to hear of his passing. You are one amazing lady and I am sure your dad would have been so proud of you.

  • Meghann May 2, 2014, 6:34 pm

    Saying prayers for you and your family. So sorry for your loss. :'(

  • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot June 23, 2014, 2:50 am

    Even though I didn’t know your dad I was so sad to hear he’d gone because I know how sad that will make you. He looks amazing. A barefoot adventurer – he taught you well 🙂 x A

  • Selma July 13, 2014, 2:19 am

    You had a special Dad that did more for you and with you then 98% of them out there … hope you are doing ok 3 months on…!

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