For a few years, I lived within the Chicago space, whereas my daddy nonetheless lived within the southern Illinois group the place my sisters and I grew up. My mom had died some years earlier from dementia. My older sister lived just a few hours north of me in Wisconsin, and my youngest sister and her household lived in a small metropolis within the middle of the state, so it was pure that her dwelling turned a household gathering place on occasional weekends and plenty of holidays.
We had been a household of robust, assertive daughters, with all of the drama a houseful of ladies might generate. Mother had been the first referee, warden and occasional dictator. Daddy was largely a silent presence in our lives. However throughout considered one of our weekend visits, Daddy most positively received within the final phrase.
On the time, for well being causes, I used to be consuming a disgusting-tasting cereal for breakfast. The one factor making it in the slightest degree palatable was a sliced banana on prime. So, after I packed my luggage, I added the cereal and two bananas, one for Saturday morning and the opposite for Sunday.
On these visits, breakfasts had been typically do-it-yourself, and dinners had been cooked and eaten at dwelling. Lunches, nonetheless, had been normally eaten out, with the guests choosing up the verify.
Saturday morning’s breakfast handed with out incident. I ate my cereal and banana, and put the opposite banana on a nook of the kitchen counter for the subsequent morning. Daddy confirmed up shortly earlier than midday, and all of us headed out to lunch. After that we visited and performed playing cards, Daddy’s favourite pastime.