We got a spontaneous call during the week from Papa Bear to meet him for happy hour. Most establishments around here have happy hour from 3pm-6pm EVERY day; it’s summertime all year round in beach towns…truly! Happy hour for us is taking advantage of an early dinner and since the nest was recently cleaned why yes, I’ll skip a meal at home and revere my sparkling kitchen for a few more hours. Middle bear surprised me by changing from his usual attire, athletic gear, and sporting a button down shirt with a tie. I suppose he was thinking Papa Bear will be in a tie so I will join him, or maybe he wanted to indulge because of the celebratory spur of the moment special event. He has a piquance for life that you can’t help but jump right into the revelry with him. When we returned to the nest, he tossed his tie onto the Buddha.
I think if Papa Bear would have his way, he would cover the Buddha’s eyes with a sleeping eye mask. In the words of the comedian Jim Gaffigan, father of five, “There should be a children’s song: if you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let daddy sleep.” Fatherhood isn’t always a walk in the park; sometimes it’s a divinatory discovery and certainly worth it.