From Shrek to Revered Elder

How a trip with my father made me see a different side of him

Dani Mini
Crow’s Feet
Published in
6 min readApr 3, 2024

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Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

My father reminds me of the ogre Shrek: grumpy, ugly, impatient, looking to be left alone, but at the same time inordinately sweet, interesting, and self-assured.

These discordant qualities have become more pronounced as he’s gotten older, so that he’s now more annoying and needy, but at…

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Dani Mini
Crow’s Feet

Dani is a special education advocate and writer of anything worth pondering, from autism to Botox.