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I’ve been hanging out with my dad lately

I’ve been hanging out with my dad lately. We’re getting along pretty well right now. Truth is, we usually get along well. I mean, we don’t fight with each other. We just don’t always have a lot to talk about. He works weird shifts because he’s a firefighter, so he’s gone every third day. Then, he has two days off in a row. So we have lots of time together, especially in the summer when I’m out of school

Sometimes we go up into the mountains and hike for a couple days. We sleep in this crazy tent that takes us an hour to set up, but it’s awesome inside once you’re in. We have great conversation when we’re up there, away from everything. Once we took a train up north from Chama to Antonita. It’s one of those scenic railroads that goes way back through the woods and up into some really steep terrain. It makes you feel like you’ve gone back in time. And that’s probably why we liked it so much. We could pretend nothing bad had ever happened. We were just normal guys.

Every once in a while, we have a day like that here at home. And it feels really nice. We watch football on the Sundays that he’s off work and then we go throw the ball around for a couple hours. Just a couple normal guys, doing normal guy things. As long as you don’t look too close.

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Benito BarcenasI’ve been hanging out with my dad lately