Stacey: Was that you the other night in the flickering of the light?
Dad: What do you think?
Stacey: Well, I’d like to think so – but I am so hesitant to trust my instincts.
Dad: I understand.
Stacey: So, was that you?
Dad: Of course it was. I am always with you. As is your mother.
Stacey: But – I changed the bulb on you.
Dad: You had to – I burnt it out.
Dad: So, are you okay with everything.
Stacey: No. And yes. I miss you Dad. I miss our talks. You and I talked so much about life – about Mom. You and I shared stories that no one else shared.
Dad: So – talk to me.
Stacey: Auntie Helen is coming this week – with the Malloffs and I’m afraid that I can’t do the job of hosting that you and Mom used to do. I don’t know how to do it without you.
Dad: Stacey, don’t worry. Your cousins will help. Helen will be happy to be with everyone.
Stacey: But this is the first time you and Mom won’t be around. Mom wont’ be there to bake her apple pie muffins, or cook her borscht, or to just make our cousins feel welcome. And you won’t be there to tell jokes or stories. How can I take your place?
Dad: Stacey, you will be fine. I’ll be there – and so will your Mother.
Stacey: Will you make the light flicker?
Dad: You’ll see.
Stacey: So, you are going to leave me hanging?
Dad: Have I ever?
Dad: Well then? Play some music – dance – laugh – remember your Mother and I – and we will be there.
Stacey: Dad – it’s so hard. I don’t like it.
Dad: You had us for almost 50 years, Stace. Remember the good things and be thankful.
Dad: You have a wonderful family. And they will help you. Play music and dance.
Stacey: Okay, Dad. Say, “hi” to Mom for me.
Dad: I will.
Stacey: Tell her I love her.
Dad: She already knows that – but I will. I have to go to bed – and so do you. TTFN
Stacey: No brandy?
Dad: Not tonight.
Dad: I’ll have one with the family when they get there.
Stacey: TTFN, Dad
ps – Nice job on the Lobster Air post – I didn’t know I was so eloquent! Grin. You didn’t tell them about the lighthouse operator’s daughters did you?
Stacey: Not yet, Dad. Not yet. TTFN