Yesterday would have been my father's birthday, he died when I was 16 which I think is too young for anyone to lose a parent. Funny thing is after all these many years I always remember him as if I saw him yesterday when on that last morning he dropped my friend and I off at school saying "Get out fast, there's people behind me, you're both lazy and slow and I'm going to be late". Then he laughed and waved as the two of us crossed the street giggling and waving. That was the last time, I'm glad I looked back, I'm glad he was smiling. I can still hear his voice, his laugh, his endless whistling, his snore which curiously sounded like a whistle. I can see the twinkle in his eye. I feel cheated. There's so much he, I, missed. So many milestones without him. I graduated from high school, learned how to drive, started college, dropped out of college, got a job, bought a car with my own money, met a guy, married that guy, moved out of state, went to New York, learned to make it on my own, grew up, lived a life, saw snow. Yet, there is so much of him in me which explains why my Mom loved having me around.
From my father I got my sense of humor and dry wit...and modesty
Huevos a la Flamenca (Spanish baked Eggs)
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 lb chorizo, sliced or smoked ham, cubed
2 sweet red or green peppers, chopped
1/4 lb ripe tomatoes, without skin or seeds, or 1 1/2 cups canned tomatoes
1 - 2 tbsp fino or amontillado sherry
3/4 cups shelld peas
1/4 lb. green beans, snapped in short lengths
8 large eggs
pinch of cayenne
Heat oven to 350F and warm a shallow casserole or baking dish.
Heat the oil in a skillet and soften the onion slowly. Add the garlic and push to the sides of the pan, then fry the sausage or ham until colored and remove it. Add the sweet peppers and chopped tomato to the pan and let them cook, stirring occasionally. Add some sherry if the mixture seems dry. Meanwhile, cok the peas and beans and add them too.
I did not get, his ferrocious temper (my brother got that), his mustache
I am a lot of things, some good some not so good but the best thing I am on this earth is that I am my father's daughter.