Some stories just have to get told.
And Frank and Laura McKinney’s is one of them.
South Florida’s WPTV tells the story today of this father and daughter who have done something so cool, sweet, and rare that it almost seems as if it couldn’t possibly even happen in this age of millisecond attention spans and lightning fast living. See, 13 year-old Laura has been accompanied on her journey to school by her dad every single day for the last ten years.
That’s right, I said TEN years. ON FOOT.
As in, walk. And yeah, that means that every single day since she started going to preschool at age 3, Frank and Laura have walked to school together. For ten years straight, according to WPTV, the daddy/daughter duo have made the 7 block trek even if it meant taking a more creative approach to morning commuting.
When the bridge they cross on their daily trip was closed temporarily: they took a rowboat to school.
“The pair has picked up a stone, a shell, or an object every day,” reports WPTV. And Frank has saved every last item that they’ve collected over the last decade. Of course, there were some days when Frank was away from home, but that’s when Laura’s mom would step in and take the walk with her. But mostly it has been Frank’s thing: to get up every single day and walk with his little girl, talking with her about this and that, learning a little something about her on almost every stroll.
“I wouldn’t, I just wouldn’t miss it for anything,” he told the station. Laura is off to high school now, so the walks are likely ending, but still.
As a dad, and even if you aren’t one, you have to admit it.
That is some pretty damn inspiring stuff.
Frank McKinney has written a teen book that’s based on his daily walks with his daughter called Dead Fred, Flying Lunchboxes, and the Good Luck Circle.
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