Monday, July 23, 2012

Jawbreaker madness

Life's long and winding road through grief, moments of joy and sorrow and ALL the shades in between.  Remembering my Dad today...

With my new lease on life, I've been playing, laughing and connecting with so many of the fabulous people life has gifted me with.  Knowing life and time are precious (especially with teenagers) we escaped to Cape Cod this past week.  

Between camping and the candy store in Provincetown my memories snuck up and delivered bittersweet memories of Dad.  Or maybe all the ocean breezes and waves just wiped away the safeguards I'd put up over the last 3 years.

Imagine my surprise when in the midst of the chaos and festive atmosphere of Provincetown, I found myself crying over, of all things, jaw breakers!  

Growing up, my family camped a LOT and we went to Hampton Beach many times and it was there that Dad discovered ginormous jawbreakers.  He was like a big kid sharing a special gift.  With gleaming eyes Dad dramatically presented, from a plain paper bag, "the biggest jawbreaker", one for each of us.  An entire week of licking and studying layers and "flavor" and wondering how they made it so darn big. 

I just realized that my Dad was like that jawbreaker, larger than life, strong, complex, multiple layers, exuberant, joyful, hard on the outside with a soft inner core.

Love and miss you Dad!  Thanks for the memories!  Donna


  1. what a sweet story. You are very fortunate to have such a wonderful mom & good memories of your dad. :)

  2. You are so right Ursulina! The memories make me laugh and smile too.

  3. Very sweet memory! It is nice to have good ones!

  4. I love this (but somehow missed it before). What a lovely memory and what a great dad!

  5. What a great analogy of the jawbreaker and your Dad. It's amazing how clear and wonderful you sound!!! Love you!


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