I lost my dad yesterday. As I plan his memorial, I am thinking about all of the things he loved – his pretties. My dad was a unique individual – smart, quirky, creative, funny, difficult, sensitive, particular, and I will always cherish the many wonderful times we shared. Here are some of his favorite things – things he was known for.
Anyone that knew him also knew that he never left home without wearing a blazer – it could be 100 degrees outside and he still put on that darn blazer. He loved them because he could fit all sorts of things in the pockets.
If you ever went to dinner with him, he’d pull a few Andes mints out of his pocket when we were finished – and pass them around to all of us. This was a ritual – we’d all take one – even if it was a bit melted from being in his pocket.
He was a chemist, and even had a little lab in our house growing up. Sometimes when I was a kid I would sneak in there and look at all of the beakers and mysterious things going on. He was really brilliant when it came to chemistry.
He loved rock, Jimi Hendrix would be blaring in the garage from his boom box as he did whatever it was he did out there. He also played a lot of Credence Clearwater and Steppenwolf. Love that Magic Carpet Ride. And Foxy Lady.
“Let’s get some chinese” – he would say. Whenever the family went to dinner – it had to be some fabulous chinese restaurant. We even had one of those turn tables on the kitchen table. Lemon chicken, sweet and sour pork and of course – mongolian beef – were staples. Chef Chu’s in Mountain View was the special spot for us.
Why do I love horror movies so much? You can thank my dad for that! The two of us would watch them together when I was a kid – The Thing was one of our favorites. He also loved zombies – Return of the Living Dead – and he loved to dress up like a mad scientist for Halloween.
Finally…he loved me! And I loved him too and will always treasure each and every moment we shared. I am happy to get to share his favorite things with you.