Connie A Thompson

Sunday Dinner: Father’s Day 2014

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Years ago my Dad dubbed Father’s Day as the best holiday. My brothers love to agree with him. Don’t be alarmed, they aren’t misogynists, just great teasers, that’s just the way they are.

My Dad became a father for the first time at 18. I remember when my youngest brother was born and my father was 36. I thought he was ancient. He had no business having another baby. I can only laugh at how perspectives shift as we age.

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I have Dad’s customary gift of golf balls. I once tried to surprise him with what I considered a more thoughtful and sentimental gift. I could see he was thankful, but he missed his golf balls. My Dad is extremely pragmatic, quiet, and slow to anger. He was always the calm parent. Hearing him say I’m disappointed in your actions was worse than any punishment. He always encouraged me to go to school. It took me a while, but I finally did it. Last year when I received my degree, I was happy to have my husband and family there. I was so pleased to have my Daddy there to celebrate that milestone in my life.

Today I’ll be serving one of my father’s favorites, white chocolate macadamia nut cookies. My sweet husband, Chuck volunteered to man the grill and we’ll be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn, chips, watermelon, and also banana pudding. I went a little crazy with desserts today.

I hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!

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