Friday, March 26, 2010

Milkshakes and Memories

In the plans for today is getting a milkshake (ideally a frappe, but those are hard to come by outside of New England), preferably coffee. You see my dad passed away March 27, 2004 and when the first anniversary came I was not sure what to do, I did not exactly want to celebrate, but marking the date was definitely in order.

So I got a coffee shake because my dad loved them, and he taught me to also. It felt right and so now every year on his birthday in September and on this day in March I get a milkshake, remember, and raise my glass to my dad.
My dad who loved to read, the ocean, and mountain climbing especially the White's in New Hampshire. Who preferred classical music but also introduced me to The Weavers, Peter, Paul and Mary, and Beyond the Fringe.
So probably I can convince Elisabeth to join me in a milkshake and someday when she is older I will tell her why we are having one on this day and who her grandfather was.


  1. Joy, I'm sorry for your loss. I think it's sweet the way you honor him each year. I'm sure Elisabeth will think it's a pretty cool tradition when she gets older. My grandfather on my dad's side passed before I was born and I always loved hearing stories about him. It helped me feel like I was able to know him even if I had never met him.

  2. What a lovely way to remember your dad. I'm so glad you posted this!

  3. This made me tear up! I'm sure your dad would approve, what a sweet way to remember him.

  4. That sounds like such an sweet way to take a moment to remember and celebrate your dad's life!

  5. Hi Joy! We were just talking with my Dad and sharing this blogpost - what a wonderful memory :) Uncle Lester wishes you the best and hopes to be able to see you, Charlie and Elisabeth soon! Miss you guys! Love and kisses, Doug and Ellen

  6. A perfect idea. My grandpa died in March 5 years ago, a few days before his birthday, and I always find this month bittersweet because of it. Sweet because I get to specifically remember him in the midst of the rush of years. Bitter because...well, you know :)

    I hope you enjoyed your coffee shake, and the knowledge that Elizabeth is learning through your sweet tradition.