#RevolarLoveStories: Francis and Lisa, Father and Daughter

Revolar Team

We're all about helping people stay close to the ones they love. So with Valentine’s Day around the corner, we reached out to some Revolar users and teammates to get the inside scoop on what they love most about the people who look out for them.

Meet Francis and Lisa:

Francis and Lisa

What's a story that illustrates your father/daughter relationship?

Francis: Lisa and I have always enjoyed special hiking and camping experiences.  When Lisa was in high school, we decided to hike The Lost Creek Wilderness area (near Bailey, Colorado).  Our plans were made and we left to drive to the trailhead.  We made the stop for our supplies…bagels, eggs and spam(!) for breakfast, snacks for lunch and dehydrated dinners.  

After several detours because of washed out roads, we finally arrived at an alternative trailhead, eager to get on the trail.  We leisurely hiked the 3 or so miles into the camp area and decided to use a century-old cabin because of the threat of rain. It didn’t just threaten, but poured throughout the night.

The roof was rusted out and full of holes. In our hundred year-old cabin, we got wet but we were at least able to keep the fire going to keep us warm.  Morning arrived bright and sunny…the typical Colorado welcome. We eagerly made our delicious and unhealthy breakfast, enjoying the sound of the crackling eggs and spam and the sight of the plants and flowers steaming from the sunlight.

After enjoying our breakfast we explored the wonderfully large rock formations. Then went fishing.  It was Lisa’s first time fly-fishing so I gave her some quick casting lessons and then got to sit back and watch her enjoy presenting her line in hopes of lassoing a rainbow trout.  

She appeared happy and her confidence was visibly growing when all of a sudden, the reel became unseated, flying into the stream.  She looked at me shocked and embarrassed about losing the reel.  It was great to talk about the loss of the reel and the excitement of her casting for those little fish. The loss of the reel was minor compared to having fun, laughing together and that wonderful breakfast after the rain.

And one more story, from when Lisa was little. She and I accompanied a friend to an alpine lake near Breckenridge. We four-wheeled in, then hiked to the lake. On our arrival, we enjoyed some snacks and rested. Lisa wandered to a point of land that jutted into the lake.

I watched as she sat looking over the lake at the surrounding peaks. She was so quiet and still, I wondered if she was upset or sad about something. After some time, she walked back toward us and I approached her to inquire what was wrong.

She said that nothing was wrong, but rather she was enjoying the peaceful lake and the mountain scenery. “It is so beautiful”, she said. Clearly, she was most relaxed in looking at the scenery, in being in nature.  I learned from her that day that when things are quiet, it doesn't mean that something is wrong…but rather she is at peace and relaxed. She is much like me in that way.

What makes your Father/Daughter relationship unique?

Lisa and I enjoy many of the same things. She and I have hiked, camped, done yoga and cooked together.  And she has always enjoyed helping on house projects, like installing tv/sound system, selecting and repotting house plants, talking financial planning, exercising, and running.  

She has always been handy to have there to fetch the parts and tools that were in the other rooms! In a similar handy manner, she has been respectfully challenging with me.  All the while with a sense of humor that affords us the all too frequent opportunity to laugh at each other and ourselves, together.

What do you miss about Lisa when she's not at home?

Her smile, her positivity and her energetic approach to life. When she is around things just get done. I miss that energy when she has is not home.

What one trait in Lisa are you most proud of?

It’s not just one trait that I am proud of when I reflect about who Lisa is. She is cautiously confident. She is caring and polite. Lisa is respectful of all people. And she is not afraid to ask for help. She is trusting of others and is trustworthy!

What things do you do to be there for Lisa?

Moving!  She moved too many times (for me) when in college and the several years afterward. More positively, I have enjoyed her reaching out for advice, listening and exploring alternatives about her career, work relationships, investment ideas, recipes and outdoor activities. I'm also her Revolar contact, so she knows I'll always be there if she needs me.

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