to Wyndspirit Dreams! I wanted to write about Dad, but I could not
think of anything that I could turn into a cohesive essay. Instead, scenes
started flashing through my mind, of the things that make Dad special to
a bitterly cold winter morning and Dad is probably stiff and aching. Still,
he goes down to the basement and stokes up the stove (at least these days
he only has to turn up the thermostat in the kitchen). He sits in his chair
and pulls on his coveralls while listening to the news, then picks up his
cane and slowly thumps his way to the door to go out and care for his cattle.
He should sell the cattle and retire so he can stay in bed, but he won’t.
He’s been caring for his cattle for over fifty years now, and they are
enter my little upstairs bedroom. There, carefully tucked under the covers,
with its “head” on my pillow, is Mom’s string mop. Dad strikes again!
beloved slippers that I gave Dad a dozen years ago are held together with
duct tape. I have found some nice slippers with Velcro so he can adjust
them to fit his bad foot. I hold my breath as he opens the package. He’s
never had anything like them. Will he wear them, or will he find some reason
they aren’t any good and just stick them in the closet? He studies them,
checks out the Velcro, then tries them on. Then he carefully tucks his
old, battered slippers into the shoebox and shoves it at Mom. “Here! She
can take them back—they aren’t any good.”
spring, and I’m visiting the farm. The first thing out of Dad’s mouth when
he sees me—“The yellow cat had her kittens.” He knows I love cats, and
he never forgets the hours I spent playing with the kittens when I lived
is telling about a cow who gave birth to one calf, then moved off a bit
and gave birth to its twin. He brought the first calf over to her and,
“Her ears went forward like this…” He illustrates, cupping his hands
by his ears, and I can just see the cow’s puzzlement that there
are two calves!
a school morning, and we kids pile into the kitchen for breakfast. There
on the table, along with the cereal boxes and milk, are neat piles of whatever
candy was on sale last week, one for each of us. Even as adults, we still
never turn down candy from Dad, whether we really want it or not. We know
that’s his way of saying “I love you.” And for Father’s Day I’m giving
him a box of special, all-natural, real licorice candy, which I
know he loves. It may not be traditional, but, hey, it works!