Ok. I will admit that what I am about to write is a little weird.
Maybe it is just how I put things together in my brain. And that is known to be very weird.
But when I think of Dan, like when I am passing a semi-truck on the freeway, or when I see the ocean, or when I look at a good climbing tree, the first thing I visualize is not his face.
I see his knees.
They were always bent. Or so my brain sees them.
This thought process began as I sat for breakfast with some friends whose 15 year old son is well over 6 feet and is the center on his high school football team. He is a rather LARGE young man. And his mother was describing the son's discomfort when sitting in restaurants or school buses or any other mode of transportation meant for the general public.
Dan spent his travel time with his knees somewhere near his nose. And usually closer to his ears.
We took a trip once on Amtrak. From Whitefish, Montana to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twenty four hours where he never got to stand straight up or stretch out his legs. Airplanes were worse.
He was that way as a kid. At least as I remember. Knees near his ears. Just trying to fit into a space too small for him.
Maybe the world was too small for him.
So I think about his knees.