Our dad made his living as an electrical engineer. He had a keen eye for fine detail and this was reflected in his daily life outside the workplace as well. If he came to visit us and we had a squeaky door, Dad would open and shut that door repeatedly, trying to determine the source of the squeak. Then, he would take a can of WD-40, and, just like that, the squeak would be gone. Dad was a problem-solver, at times a fierce critic, but a man who believed in following through, in finding solutions.
Through the years, I learned to turn to Dad for advice on many things, especially on big life decisions, because he was so thorough in his approach and would leave no stone unturned when it came to gathering data. Along with the Family Bible in the living room, Dad kept the annual copy of Consumer Reports Buying Guide.
In our dad’s later years of life, I had the privilege of developing a genuine friendship with him, a great deal of which was spent across the miles over the telephone. I’d listen as he told me about recipes he had made, most often with his own added ingredients and I’d fill him in on what our kids were up to. Occasionally, he would ask me a cooking or baking question and I must admit, it felt great to be able to give him some of my own kitchen tips, although this advice was not solicited very often!
These words about Dad were prompted by such a simple memory this morning of him making a couple of poached eggs in a saucepan on the stove. Once the water came to a boil, he slipped each egg into the pan, gently, then set his digital watch for precisely three minutes. Every time I make those eggs I think of him and send him a little hello and a prayer of thanksgiving for his presence in my life all those years.
Maybe you have one or two “Go To” people in your life, you know, the ones you can turn to for real advice or some laughter or an occasional reality check. If you can, take the time this week to give them a call or send them a note, just to let them know how much they mean to you. If your “Go To” person is no longer with us, keep telling their story. These memories can be a real gift!
“Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1