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Differences in Dads or How Chocolate Saved the Day

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   7 Comments | Posted in cake · chocolate · father's day

Chocolate rules, and I’m going to tell you why.

For the last six or seven years we’ve lived with two dads in our house:  my husband, Joe, and his dad, known by all as Papa. Their differences make celebration difficult.  For instance, lunch or dinner is always a question because Joe loves Mexican and Papa does not.  Papa loves Asian and Joe does not.  While that leaves a wide array of choices, neither will ever have his favorite on Father’s Day in order to accommodate the other which means a second rate cuisine for both of them no matter where we go.

As for Father’s Day activities that, too, is a problem.  Papa would love to browse through a museum or, better yet, attend the opera.  Joe would choose to be bludgeoned with egg rolls before spending even a second listening to Aida. He acknowledges the singers’ talent, he just prefers to be elsewhere during their exhibition of it. Now, a trip to an electronics festival would put him in nirvana. All those computers and cell phones and gadgets, oh my!  Problem is, the only electronics Papa cares about are the ones operating his hearing aids.

So what is a loving family to do? How to show these two wonderful dads how much they mean to us?

As it turns out, the answer is pretty simple. In addition to lots of TLC, they both enjoy silly cards, hugs, and smoochies.  But the high point of the dads’ day, and the one thing about which they both share a deep and abiding love, is a giant chocolate chip cookie cake complete with butter icing and chocolate sprinkles. This particular delight proclaims Happy Father’s Day because, well, it’s Father’s Day.  The bakery had one that said Happy Birthday Rex and the dads would have liked that one, too, but it seemed inappropriate.

Once again, chocolate saves the day, proving my initial declaration that chocolate rules.  Everyone needs to remember that around my birthday.

Happy Faither’s Day!


7 Responses to "Differences in Dads or How Chocolate Saved the Day"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm  

    Hi Lisa, it sounds like you got it figured out perfectly. Cookies are the perfect common denominator. My husband's Father's Day dinner was chicken strips and tater tots, and not because it is his favorite, but because I am lazy. You inspired me though, I am going to throw one of those choc chip cookie mixes I made the other day together and make him a batch. Glad you are having a nice day!

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 20, 2010 at 7:36 pm  

    You are such a busy bee and so creative that I think you could be inspired by anything. Glad my cookie cake was your catalyst for today…tell your hubby he can thank me later! 😉

  3. Comment by BECKY
    June 20, 2010 at 8:24 pm  

    Hi Lisa! I had forgotten reading about "Papa", your father-in-law, also living at your home! What a wonderful and giving wife and daughter-in-law you are! You are one special woman! ….hey,I don't care if it IS Father's Day!! I say, Yay for Lisa!…And Chocolate!! 😀

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 20, 2010 at 9:15 pm  

    Always YAY for chocolate! 🙂 Papa makes it easy. He is a peach. I hope to be just like him when I'm 87…well, except for the suspenders and crew cut. 🙂

  5. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    June 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm  

    I have the perfect solution: Egg Drop Mexican Chicken Soup.But chocolate's good, too. 🙂

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 21, 2010 at 5:42 am  

    Once again, a masterful solution for one of life's sticky problems. That's why you're the Yoda!

  7. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    June 21, 2010 at 7:26 am  

    You are right, chocolate is the answer. Such nice thoughts about your guys on Father's Day.

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