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Peaches & watermelons - a bittersweet summer memory... 
 
Jul. 10, 2010 5:44 pm 
Updated: Jul. 13, 2010 8:40 am
Went to Wal-Mart this afternoon, browsing through the produce section.  Picked up some good looking peaches and thought of my Dad, who passed away in 2003.  He was almost 93.  Dad was a small-time farmer and loved peaches.  Our summer vacation was traveling to southern Illinois to pick up a trunk load of peaches that were in season.  His biggest joy was distributing peaches to his friends.  Best friends & family got 1/2 bushel.  Other friends got a small bagful, and maybe casual acquaintances warranted a few peaches, just enough to get a good taste.  He loved sharing his bounty.

Next stop - the watermelons.  I hadn't bought any watermelon yet this year.  They had some of the large oblong ones and I was immediately taken back to when my Dad and I would check out watermelons in the garden and Dad would "plug" the melon.  This is whipping out the pocketknife and cutting a triangular "plug" out of the melon to taste test it.  Of course I was the official taste tester.  I couldn't believe it, but I actually found myself tearing up and gently stroking the top of the melon.  How silly!  But I couldn't bring myself to put the melon in the cart.

Next to the large melons were the small Sugar Baby melons, you know, the small seedless or individual kind.  Again, a strong memory.  Dad luring me out to the garden after he had mowed the large lawn.  Saying "don't tell Mom" as he cut into one of the Sugar Baby melons and cutting it into chunks for us to eat.  The juice totally dripping everywhere, we were a sticky mess.  Do you know how really awful warm watermelon is?  But that day it was the best melon I ever had.  Mind you, I knew even when I was a kid that my Mom knew exactly what happened in the garden, because my Dad could never keep a secret from her and would have probably shared the story in bed that night.  Again, no melon into the cart.  I continued my shopping as I tried not to sniffle.

Today is July 10th.  Unless I am at work and typing the date over and over again, I could care less what the date is.  As I am driving home, for the first time that day I actually glanced at my dashboard that has the date in a digital readout.  July 10, 2010.  My Dad's birthday.  Oh boy, that did it.  Then I realized he would have been 100 years old today.  Not for one minute do I wish that he was here on this earth right now because he would not have been in good health.  It was time for him to go on.  But sometimes the memories can hit you like a sledgehammer.

The day after he died I went to the grocery store and when I entered the door of the store he and my mother had always frequented, I was immediately hit by the strongest smell of fresh peaches.  There they were - right in front of the door.  I can't say I had ever believed in "signs", but sometimes...  When I returned from his funeral, I sat down on the couch and ate my peach and watched Tom & Jerry cartoons, something we always enjoyed together before heading out to church.

Just had to share because food can trigger such intense memories.  There are a ton more as I really was "Daddy's Little Girl", I even had  a T-shirt that I wore proudly with that logo. 

As I close this blog, I think of Dad and how he would have enjoyed my sharing the memories with all of you.  Happy Birthday Dad!






 
Comments
Jul. 10, 2010 6:20 pm
What a great story!:)My dad past 2006 and I go through memories quit often as well.4th of July was one of my dad's favorite holidays.He loved the fireworks so as you can imagine it brings back great memories.My mom past this last Oct.and I miss them both very much. My dad and mom both were 73 when they past but were in bad health as well.Definitely in a better place and in no pain.Have a great day and keep those great memories coming.:)
 
Jul. 10, 2010 6:31 pm
Thanks Mike & Georgi. Now I'm on a loooong trip down memory lane, thinking about his favorite types of candy and trips to Dairy Queen & the root beer stand. I'm just thankful that I never had a unpleasant memory about either of my parents. There are a lot of folks out there that can't say that.
 
Jul. 10, 2010 6:33 pm
BTW Mike, we always liked deviled eggs too. My Mom was a simple cook, so her deviled eggs consisted of nothing but yolks and "sandwich spread" that comes in a jar. But that's what I am used to, so I would make them the same way.
 
Jul. 10, 2010 7:04 pm
A really lovely blog. Thank you for sharing your memories.
 
Jul. 10, 2010 7:54 pm
Magnolia Blossom saw you on Mike Harvey's blog so I thought I'd come over and see what you had to say. I'd say if my Morels & Morals blog could make it to #2, your peaches and watermelon should too! Plenty of food in both blogs some for eating, some for thought. :) Funny thing, my dad loved 4th of July. Cause it meant a family gathering, homemade icecream and watermelon being key to the event. I got watermelom for the 4th and have really enjoyed it and my memories of Dad and days long time passed. Thanks for sharing!
 
Jul. 10, 2010 8:20 pm
Thanks Cat. I'll have to "man up" and get myself some watermelon this coming week. Now the decision is whether or not to spit seeds (or go seedless.)
 
Jul. 10, 2010 8:43 pm
This was a really sweet read, Magnolia. Thanks for posting. All we can ever hope for is someone to remember us like this.
 
Jul. 10, 2010 9:39 pm
We Daddy's Girls are so lucky, we have such special memories. You wrote a lovely tribute to your dad and I just know he was smiling over your shoulder as you wrote it.
 
Janet 
Jul. 11, 2010 7:49 am
Lost my mom in 1996 my dad is 91 and living in a nursing home, he has cancer now as well. Things trigger me as well, some of them are even just the recipes on this site that I remember mom baking. I am the youngest and only girl and I was "daddy's little girls as well". Thank god we have these wonderful memories, and thank so much for sharing.
 
Jul. 11, 2010 8:19 am
great blog magz! my girls are grown and both haved moved out and are in college. both going to graduate college within the year. wow! i got old, but in my mind's eye, they are still young, gator sitting onmy lap and moose sitting beside me while i'm driving my boat, their long hair blowing in the wind. they are smiling their faces off! i miss my girls.
 
Jul. 11, 2010 11:21 am
Trust me Gary, those girls will never forget those moments. The daughter/Dad thing is very special. Doesn't matter how much you may love Mom, there's a different type of relationship with a girl and her Dad. If he's the Dad he should be, he's forever her hero. Guess that makes you Superman!
 
Jul. 11, 2010 1:10 pm
MB, thanks for sharing your great memories! I was a total Daddy's gal as well, but I don't really relate any food to my Dad. Dad and I were all about driving country back roads just to see where we'd end up. It's my g'pa, "Papa" I associate with watermelons! He would have been 100 last December. Papa always had a huge garden and it was all about waiting for him to pick his biggest "prized" watermelon. That's when the whole family got together to feast on it, but no one was allowed to put salt on it because the seeds from THAT watermelon were saved for the next years watermelon patch!
 
Jul. 11, 2010 2:53 pm
Seedless has my vote but really sweet and cold with a little salt. YUM! Thanks for checking out the octopy and grape leaves blog. It was a lot of fun doing!!! Darn, wish I had some peaches. Had some one year off my tree and made the best pie. Like them fresh too!
 
Jul. 13, 2010 8:40 am
This was such a lovely blog post. It brought me back to my dad who is no longer living. Dad loved any lemon dessert and for the first time in my life, I have lemon trees. They are loaded with lemons and I so wish I had dad around to enjoy the bounty of my trees. Thanks so much for sharing.
 
 
 
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