Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!


Yesterday I was standing in line at the store when I saw them: candy orange slices.

They never fail to make me smile. They were my father's favorite candy--a treat he bought only rarely. Usually, it was at the Woolworth's candy counter. The clerk would place about a half a pound of them in a white paper bag and hand them over. While the candy was good, the real treat was being with him and having him share those sweet moments with us.

As I stood there in that line, I tried to resist the urge to buy them and then I remembered it was the anniversary of my father's death. I reached for the bag immediately and held it close. Later at home, I poured them all out onto a plate and sat there, smiling, remembering.

Just the other day, Evan came home with a pair of house slippers, something he had never purchased before. They were just like the ones my dad wore, and just like my dad, he steps on the backs as he shuffles around the house. I see them on the floor and I automatically smile.

Orange Slice Candy. Corduroy Slippers. These are just two ordinary things that bring back extraordinary memories. I wonder what items make my sons smile when they think of HOB? They will be as individual as they are.


Happy Father's Day to all those men who, just by being consistent and kind, make the world a better place and who leave in their wake simple and eloquent reminders of their love.



48 comments:

Old Kitty said...

Is that a pic of your dad? What a handsome man!!! Yay for slippers and orange slices - it's the memories they bring that make them extra special! Happy Father's Day!!!! Take care
x

Marg said...

It is so great what brings back such good memories. I do remember those orange slices. Hope you ate them. Sounds like he was the best Dad ever. Have a super Sunday.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful Betty, I only had a dad for three years he suddenly passed away. I do think of him often especially today,

Yvonne,

Gigi said...

Funny how such little things can evoke such big memories.

Madi and Mom said...

What precious memories BB and Evan is literally following in your Dad's foodsteps.

My Dad loves the orange slice candy too. I wonder if they make if sugarfree? He can't eat the real candy any more. It must have been a real luxury for them when they were children. I made him a bowl of potato salad and some cornbread for Father's Day. He was thrilled with that gift too. The way to his heart is through his tummy.
Hugs C

Eva Gallant said...

I loved this! My Dad's favorite was chocolate covered cherries; to this day I can't eat one without thinking of him!

EmptyNester said...

My dad LOVES those very same orange slices! He only buys them occasionally, but he loves them. My favorite thing to do with my dad was go to the ice cream store or the gas station. When I was little, I never called him daddy, I called him Honey. LOL

Your dad was quite the looker!

Donna said...

Oh how sweet!! Those memories just have a way of catching you off guard....He sounded like a wonderful man...
(((HUG)))

Teresa Evangeline said...

Candy Orange Slices were my father's favorite, too. I had just been thinking about them....

Talli Roland said...

Wow, if that's your dad, he was very handsome indeed. Funny how orange slices can bring back so many memories.

texwisgirl said...

oh, this was wonderful. my mom and dad bought those orange slices (or rooster combs) too. :)

Tracy said...

good post Betty...ordinary things bring extra-ordinary memories indeed!
Have a lovely day embraced with memories...

Brian said...

Happy Father's Dad to Dads everywhere!

Desiree said...

Your words are so beautiful, Betty! A lovely tribute to the memory of your obviously much loved father and to the man who is the father of your own sons.

Theanne and Baron said...

Well said! My Daddy's favorite was chocolate covered cherries...and yes I loved eating them with him!

Pat said...

Funny how a little thing can spark such a wonderful memory. My twin sister and I were just talking about how my father used to be able to spread the hard butter perfectly across a piece of bread, toast, whatever, without ripping the bread. It was a piece of art. He made sure the butter kissed every inch of the bread, end to end. I'd watch him spread the hard butter effortlessly. It was just amazing! Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful Dads out there!

Brian Miller said...

i am glad you had those small touches with memories...dads have a very special role in the lives of kids, when they accept that responsibility...thanks for the happy fathers day and i hope that all the dads in your life have one as well...

Jenny said...

Beautiful post. I'm glad you have the sweet memories to go along with your orange slices.

Hugs!

Retired English Teacher said...

I love the way you say so much so succinctly. This was a memorable, touching character sketch of a father who was dearly loved.

Ms. A said...

Orange slices and marshmallow peanuts, bring back fond memories of several people in my family.

Wonderful tribute, Betty! Very touching.

Pat Tillett said...

Great post Betty! I'm glad you have great memories. I'm sure the things my kids will remember about me are vary, from one to the next. I hope most of them are good things!

jenny_o said...

What wonderful loving thoughts of your dad. And what powerful memories the little things in life can hold.

Susan in the Boonies said...

Unbelievable! They were my Dad's favorites, too, and he bought them at the Sears candy counter, while Mom was shopping! What a great memory!!!

I wonder what memories I have deprived my children ofby being cheap! I hereby resolve to go buy my children candy!!!

I miss my Daddy too!!!!!!!!!!

My Father's Day present to me is the presence of my husband still on this planet, with his heart still beating, and his arms still available to hold me

Love you, Betty! Happy Father's Day!

Mamma has spoken said...

beautiful story! For me, hard candies remind me of my dad. To this day, he still carries them in his pants pocket and if you ask, he'll give you one. It might be peppermint, it might be butterscotch, it might be a mystery flavor, but it will be in there, in his pocket.

Ann said...

what a sweet story. For me it's fig bars that bring back golden memories of my dad.
Happy Father's Day to HOB

Daisy said...

My Dad like to buy Planter's cocktail peanuts or sometimes he'd buy peanuts still in the shell. :)

Wonderful post, Betty. I hope you have a lovely day with your family.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

That's a beautiful post, Betty. It's amazing how signs come to us on anniversaries (e.g., you saw the candy and remembered it was the anniversary of your dad's death).
xoRobyn

Nat said...

Sweet memories of your dear dad...I miss mine too today!

missing moments said...

Such a wonderful post .... I also remember those orange slices (and loved them) at the Woolworth counter ... my grandmother would always buy a bag ... sweet memories

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely thoughts. I only know of one place, a Ben Franklin, with the candy counter still. I remember looking at one could get for a dime, and slices were a good bargain.

Kazzy said...

Sweet nostalgia. I love my dad.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

My dad loved the green slices. I love them too though my dentist says no-no.
It's funny about the simple things that spark wonderful memories.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool those small items remind you of your father.

Mrs. Tuna said...

I called my Dad today to with him happy fathers day. I started reminiscing about seeing the local butcher making a pass at my mom with her red hair and Veronica Lake haircut. Great picture of your dad.

Jane said...

Really great picture of your dad. I remember those orange slice candies as well!

Jane

LittleSilkDress said...

I love how the little things remind us of certain people or points in time. This is a wonderful tribute to your father, BB.

Kristina said...

What a great tribute to your father! It's so wonderful how things remind us of people and pieces of time! Your dad was a handsome man! :)

Baby Sister said...

That was beautiful and touching Betty. Makes me wonder what I'll remember about my dad when he's gone. Thank you for sharing.


I like your new header, btw.

faye said...

Another fine tribute...
and I have a bag of orange slices
in the pantry.. every now and then
they hit the spot when chocolate
fails.

Susan Fields said...

What a beautiful post - thanks for sharing this with us. I love the photo of your dad.

citymouse said...

Memories are powerful. The only good thing that came from my mother's death was a deeper/closer relationship with my dad.

Hilary said...

Beautiful, Betty. As always.

Linda said...

Those candy orange slices were always a favorite of my mother's, and I always think of her when I see them. It's funny the little things we remember.

Leanne said...

Sweet lovely post, Betty. I love the scuffle of the slippers on the floor, and have heard that sound in my lifetime, too. Happy Father's Day to HOB!

Carrie Anne said...

I have never seen that picture of Grandpa before. I will add Mcdonald's ice cream cones, the bench at the front if WalMart, where he could hold a conversation with anyone, and of course Whitman's chocolates to the list of Grandpa memories.

Leslie said...

Amamzing how "things" can bring back memories. Nice post.

Leslie
www.scrumpybumpy.blogspot.com

Shan said...

I don't know where I went after reading this the first time, but I loved reading it the other day and now.

gayle said...

Wonderful memories! My dad loved peanuts and candy corn!