So now that 'now' has past.

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We’re standing on the dock at the Renton Rowing Center on Father’s Day afternoon. It’s sunny and beautiful and the views over Lake Washington from here are simply gorgeous. The skyline you see way in the background is looking north to downtown Bellevue, that’s about 11 miles from where we’re standing.

We just had a scrumptious lunch at El Burrito Loco nearby and totally stuffed we decide to walk it off at the Cedar River Trail Park. I’m hanging with my son Jeff, my youngest daughter Paige, and her boyfriend Nick.

Since I’m dad and it’s my day, I take full advantage of the fact I can reminisce about them growing up and tell a few stories about my side of their family history. It does one good to know a little something about the river of life from which you came.


Looking north over Lake Washington at the Bellevue Skyline.


We didn’t have any multi millionaires or movie stars, nobody from our family ever got elected to public office, none of them ever became CEO’s of a Fortune 500 corporation. Yet we had a lot of adventurous, imaginative, talented, hard working types and a few colorful eccentrics too, like most families. The only one I am aware of (playing the claim to fame card) is their great great great uncle, Jean-Henri Fabre (1823 - 1915) the father of entomology.

As we’re talking I catch myself making the observation, and so it continues...

I have a lot of admiration for young people starting out to make a life in this digital age. I’m really impressed with how they take it on. We often hear about them in the negative but the one’s I know are smart, caring and concerned about people, life, and the planet.

They want to contribute and they do. And of course they’re interested in things that seem a little zany to me sometimes. Hey, they’re kids...

Oh how I appreciate and understand so much more about my Dad this day.


Nick Russell, Paige Fabre, and Jeff Fabre.


Time is such a weird abstraction. Our sense of it changes depending on who we’re with, what we’re doing, and where we are. Good things seem to fly by and difficulties appear to take forever.

I don’t want to dwell in the past. I don’t want to go back. And though I am somewhat of a future tripper, I know I can’t live there either, but I can look forward to it. Life is about being in the moment and though that seems instantaneous it actually takes the brain about 80 milliseconds to process, so even though that’s less than a second, it’s still living in the past none the less.


So now that ‘now’ has past and the afternoon in hindsight is a collection of good memories, I am blessed.


I can live with that.


P.S. Those are Mallards in front of us and that’s a Great Blue Heron on the right sitting on the log with a couple a gulls.

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Comments (14)

Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Rene - Very thoughtful and thought-provoking post. As we watch our children grow and develop, we think back about our own journey and how different and similar those paths are.

Jun 28, 2015 08:37 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Thanks Dick Greenberg ... key point being 'different and similar'! Ah the mysteries of life. We go through it everyday like we totally get it, yet it's a mystery and needs contemplation, assessment, focus, purpose... and a lot of simply taking time to enjoy it. :O)

Jun 28, 2015 09:36 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Rene - very philosophical (in good sense). Was a pleasure to read and ponder... Thank you

But how can you say you do not have stars in your family? Jean-Henri Fabreis a star, so you got your claim all right

Jun 28, 2015 12:56 PM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL ... Truthfully, I jest just a little... I am so proud of my family and their bravory, commitment, and contribution. They did amazing things and faced many extreme challenges on many occasion. I ponder and wonder if I could do half as well, given their challenges. I think I need to call you so we can hangout and talk a spell. :O)

Jun 28, 2015 01:52 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Once again, you are just so shallow Rene. NOT! Lol. You are always pondering and considering this amazing ride of life. It appears as if Father's Day was perfect - and I love the smiling faces of your brood leaning against the deck railing. 

Jun 29, 2015 03:38 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Oh, Rene, you and your family are SO blessed to have times like these together and to REALLY appreciate the moment, the family and your surroundings. I know without a doubt that I would love your family! AND, the father of entomology--WOW!!! That's BIG! I had a great great great (or more/less) uncle who was half of a vaudeville team...does that count for anything? (Maybe it explains my quirkiness to a degree...)!!!

I loved the pics, too. Keep your stories comin'....they are truly wonderful to read. 

Jun 29, 2015 06:45 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

P.S. We have an extra second coming to us tomorrow, how will YOU spend it??

(Being in the moment??)

Jun 29, 2015 06:52 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Thank you for sharing the photo, there is not a better way to celebrate Father's Day.

Make it a great week!

Jun 29, 2015 07:27 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

That is a  great observation about today's young adults Rene Fabre! I love their enthusiam and lust for life! 

Jun 29, 2015 08:41 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It sounds like a perfect way to spend Father's Day to me!  And I'm so glad you shared it with us!

Jun 29, 2015 09:30 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

René - that is a very thought provoking post.  Enjoying every second as it happens appreciating the past but living in the now.  Hope you enjoyed your Father's Day.

Jun 29, 2015 10:59 AM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
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Rene - and I do not have any doubt you you would. You simply do not know it until you are challenged, and your rise to meet the challenge.

Yes, we do not have the challenges they had, but being their in their shoes you would do as well, as they did.

Jun 29, 2015 11:12 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

I enjoyed this post Rene. We written and personal.

Jun 29, 2015 02:05 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

The universe has a way of balancing itself out, Rene.  In my family we have had a couple presidents, there have been other statesmen too.  But, there has also been a pirate or two.

What I've learned over the years, is that at the end of our days, we will all be equal in death.  What endures is the love we have with our family and friends!

Jul 14, 2015 12:48 PM