What about the girls–we have 4 girls! That’s what my mom said to my dad when he gave up his great paying job so a coworker could work. The company could no longer afford both of them. I think my dad just wanted something different. He was too happy–too excited about leaving his job.
We had a great time with our dad–going to museums, the zoo, the park–playing–having fun. At the end of the day– he always read to us. My mother once said, You’re lucky! Not every father likes being one. Our mom was understandably bitter– but I think she was also envious. She was right, though–we were very lucky–but lucky to have them both.
Our parents had separate his and hers bathrooms. His bathroom was up on the third floor. It was like the Star-Spangled Banner–all red, white and blue striped. We would watch him shave in the morning. Our dad relished his morning routine with that soapy sink and foggy mirror–jazz music playing. One by one he’d put swirls of shaving cream on our noses, while he splashed on aftershave. Ever since–I’ve been completely captivated by men’s grooming and style.
We used to have the best tea parties. We had these tiny little cups and saucers. The house specialty was our dad’s homemade ginger tea. It was an elixir–made by simmering fresh ginger root in water with brown sugar. He always had a bowl of lemon slices to go with it.
Our dad often talked about how his father’s family (from Bermuda) loved ginger tea too. “It was de-licious!” our dad would say, “much better than mine.”
These days– we still have ginger tea. Sometimes we’ll have it like our dad used to make it with fresh ginger and sometimes we’ll have it the super-fast-quick way– with dried ginger. And of course, we always have lemon slices on the side.