Posted by: jude49 | June 15, 2014

Chocolate Golf Balls for Dad

Hello All,

Father’s Day holds a special place in my heart.  Here is one of my favorite memories of my dad.

On a trip back from Utah where I had received one of my degrees, we stopped at a gas station.  While dad was filling up the gas tank, mom and I were in the little convenience store picking out some treats.  We were looking over the selection of chocolate bars, and I asked her what kind of chocolate bars dad liked.  “Oh your dad doesn’t like chocolate,” she replied.  I remember looking at her with disbelief, but I didn’t say anything.  I paid for my treats and headed out to the car to talk to dad.  “Mom says you don’t like chocolate.” My dad chuckled.  “I love chocolate,” was his response.  “Then why did she say you don’t,” I asked.

My dad was a teacher and he told me that he’d receive lots of chocolate from his students and their parents. When he’d come home, he’d welcome my mom, put his treasures on the dining room table and go upstairs to change his clothes.  When he’d come downstairs, the chocolate on the dining room was gone!

I thought it terrible my mother would “steal” his chocolate so the next Father’s Day, I bought him 12 solid chocolate golf balls! I made sure that when I gave them to him my mom was not looking.  I told him he was not to share them with mom. Since mom regularly cleaned his room (even though dad kept it tidy and clean), I told dad he’d have to find a very safe place to hide the chocolate.  He smiled.

Several months later, dad told me he had ate through most of the chocolate golf balls.  He said it was a treat each night to watch television and gnaw on one of his golf balls.  When he finally finished eating all the chocolate golf balls, I decided to tell my mom.  I must admit she took it gracefully.  Dad continued to share “his” chocolate with mom, and mom even bought dad some chocolate…once in a while.

But for one time that I know of, dad didn’t have to chocolate.  I’m glad!

Love you, dad. Miss you, dad.

love, Judith






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