Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Shake the Gloves Out Honey

Shrugging into a parka I reach for an old pair of leather gloves and catch dad watching me.

His blue eyes twinkle. "Shake out the gloves, honey."

"Really Dad, we're still doing this?" I smirk.

He guffaws and wiggles his fingertips in the air. "Want the gore-tex pants?"

"Nah, jeans are fine." I take one last sip of coffee and then work my hands into the gloves.

"Shake ... "

Jinxso bounds up the stairs. " ... The gloves out honey." We say in unison. She takes a look at me and grins. "Did I ever tell you how I found out about Dad's fingers?"

"No." I watch Dad flip a hand in the air.

Jinxso's smile widens. "When I came up the stairs to Dads office and saw his bandaged hand I said, 'what'd you do, stick your hand in the snow blower?'"

I groan and reclaim my cup. "And?"

He said, "As a matter of fact I did and your old boyfriend's father did the same thing only he stuck his hand in further."

We howl. Dad's grin is sheepish, and Mom rolls her eyes. "Earl," she barks, biting back a laugh, "it's okay to be useful as well as ornamental. I'm sure the girls want waffles."

Of course we want waffles.

14 comments:

  1. Hands in snow blowers....Yikes. My dad, also named Earl, stuck his hand in a punch press. He actually got lucky, they saved 2.5 fingers.

    That is a seriously funny line...useful as well as ornamental.

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    1. Yikes is right. I'm forwarding your comment to my Dad. I don't suppose yours is an engineer too?

      My Mom should have been the writer. I just repeat her lines :)

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  2. I think as I age my focus turns more to staying useful, although I would love to remain ornamental as well.

    Love your posts-

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    1. Ornamental my fanny, you're a beautiful Texan with a good heart and great boots. Loved your post on everyday heroes.

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  3. Helllooooooooo! So happy to see your post and what a charming and funny one it was (except for your dad's fingers, of course!) Looks like you've got plenty of snow to shovel - woo HOO, eh? And did somebody say waffles???

    Hey, thanks for the Retweet today. Appreciate it.

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    1. Loved your new blog Cathy. Can't wait to read the next post. (A rerun, I just hope the folks have snow.)

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  4. I love the name of this blog and can't wait to read through all the wild entries. Awesome name. Love it.

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    1. Ah spilled coffee and blueberry muffin crumbs. Pity the next poor commuter who gets your seat. You have a lovely way with words Mr. Mfa. Enjoy the day.

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  5. Of course they want waffles. No accident is going to stop waffles.

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  6. Lots of older men I've know had missing parts of fingers. I think safety features were non-existant in the olden days.

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  7. I once got too close to a table saw and lost the tip of my ring finger. My wife was two weeks over due with our second child and she had to drive me to the hospital. They didn't know who to treat first-- great fun.

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    1. Good times and great stories. I sent your comment to my dad. I can already hear the chuckle.

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