Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Cat's in the Cradle

"You know," he said, "I'm really impressed with how much Mr. O does to help with the kids."

I pondered that little morsel as we puttered through the kitchen making dinner together on the last evening he was in town. He was not around much when I was growing up, focusing instead on working long and billable hours as an attorney. I still don't see him very often.

"Yeah, I married pretty well this time, didn't I?" I replied with a chuckle as I grabbed a serving spoon from the drawer.

"No, really," he emphasized. "Watching him feed the kids dinner, get them in and out of the bathtub, put them to bed at night..." his voice trailed off. "It's more than I ever did with you two girls," he said with a sigh.

Our reverie was interrupted as the broccoli started to boil over and the timer on the rice rang out to get our attention. We called everyone to the dinner table.

Later that evening, after everyone else headed for bed, he casually asked if I was done for the evening or if we were going to sit a spell.

He's an Iowa Boy through and through, I thought.

"Oh, I think I've got enough energy to finish my glass of wine and watch a little David Letterman," I told him. We plopped down on the sofa and switched channels.

We kept a casual eye on the TV, but mostly just shot the breeze -- politics, family, travel, my recent career shift. Occasionally noticing what Letterman said, but mostly just being together and connecting.

"And now, the Top Ten Things Overheard at Sarah Palin's Debate Camp," said Letterman.

We stopped talking. Watched. Laughed, but for very different reasons.

"Well," I said with a yawn, "I guess after the Top Ten there's not much else to say."

"No," he replied, "but I just wanted to spend this time with you. It doesn't happen often enough and I wish it did."

He's right, I thought. It really doesn't happen often enough.

"Yeah, we've gotta fix that," I said. "See you in the morning."

Note to self: fix that.

1 comment:

Brandy J. said...

This is really simple, and very sweet. You have a good dad, a good husband, and an adorable little boy. It looks like you've surrounded yourself with some pretty remarkable men. Oh, and your dad appears to be one heck of a story teller (if his orations in the lunch room are any indication of his usual story telling abilities)! ~Brandy