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Tasty Tuesday – Lunch With My Dad

This is one of those times where I’m going to use the gigantic time difference between here and the States to my advantage.  You see, it’s already Wednesday here, but it’s still Tuesday night in the Midwest – so, this counts!  Thing is, this delay was not a result of forgetfulness or being too busy to write.  Rather, it was done on purpose.  This week’s Tasty Tuesday may be super simple, but for me, it’s special.

Last year, about this time, you may remember me writing this letter to my Dad.  Today, April 20, 2011, now marks 11 years since he passed.  You may also recall this post on remembering someone we love, where I described my sort of yearly ritual for reconnecting with my Dad.  Well, that’s what today’s Tasty Tuesday is about – the meal I eat each year in his memory.

Now, do you get why the whole time difference thing works for me?  I’m posting about food on what is still your Tuesday, but is already my Wednesday – the day I celebrate my Dad.  Perfect.

If you haven’t read the previously mentioned posts, what I do every year on April 20 (the day he died) and July 29 (his birthday) is eat a meal I remember my Mom telling me was one of his favorites for lunch or picnicking.  Lucky for me, it’s one of mine, too.

Egg salad sandwiches and green Jell-O.

So, there it is.  My lunch for today.  A bit of hard-boiled egg, celery, homemade pickles, and mayo.

Not a day usually goes by where I don’t think about my Dad at some point.  Whether it be something I wish I could tell him, a place I could take him here in Thailand, wanting to just give him a hug and tell him I love him… he’s in my mind somehow.  Especially with the birth of our first child coming in the next few months, I find myself thinking of him even more, wishing he could be here to hold his new grandchild.  But, no matter how much I wish, or think, or even regret not spending more time with him when I could have, I would never want him to have lasted 11 more years in the state that he was.  I miss him, but it’s better off this way.

Love you, Dad.


April 20, 2011 - Posted by | Food, Personal, Tasty Tuesdays


  1. I boiled an extra egg this morning for sandwiches tomorrow, and the green jello with pears in it is in the fridge. add some potato chips (regular flavor) to that with a sodapop and you’d have the meal we used to take with us every time we went to stone lake, or the beach at the dunes… i miss him too.
    i wonder sometimes what might be ‘my’ memory meal for you when i’m gone… miss you. not usually up this late but had a late nite visitor here for a few hours i needed to calm down… sometimes, you should be very thankful that dad and i were parents that were ‘home’…so many kids don’t have that these days. i’m glad that god can still use me for ‘momming’ when i can’t be with you…. love you

    Comment by mom | April 20, 2011 | Reply

    • Yep, I had some plain ol’ Lays and a 7Up with it! And, for you someday… well, let’s not think about that yet! 😉

      Comment by Sara | April 20, 2011 | Reply

  2. Sara,

    Great post. Very great.

    My Dad used to often have a steak after he put his boys to bed. I now often do the same thing when my boys are tucked in and always think of him. Only problem is that, even having a local Tesco “steak”, his preferred side of Fritos would cost more than the steak! So I settle for a baked potato and envy him his Fritos.

    Again, a very great post.

    Comment by David | April 20, 2011 | Reply

  3. This was a beautiful post. I sent my dad a text immediately to tell him I love him. Thank you for posting so candidly.

    Comment by Bridget | April 22, 2011 | Reply

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