Change can enhance life experiences, make them more memorable, and refresh how we think. When I saw this sign in the window of a local bakery, it reminded me of the wonderful and unexpected routine that my father and I created. And its lasting impact on me.
On Saturdays we’d go skeet shooting after which we’d eat lunch at the Cape Cod Room – the fashionable and very traditional seafood restaurant in the Drake Hotel. That’s where we upended the waitstaff of this very venerable eatery by always having our blueberry pie a la mode first – and then our lobster for dessert! What followed this new order was a series of lobster pranks that even the sober waitstaff and Maitre’d enjoyed. One in particular was especially amusing. One family dinner, I managed to convince the staff to serve dad a live lobster. They brought his plate covered with one of those bell-shaped silver covers, and with appropriate flourish, lifted it – only to have the lobster walk off the platter onto the table! While we laughed, I can only imagine what the other diners thought.
I know that dad enjoyed our father-daughter dates, and we both looked for other pranks during our time together. In addition to the fun, his sense of humor and willingness to be different had a profound impact on my life.