A sad little broken umbrella
Me: Do you have an umbrella for it?
Bartender: (thinking) Wait, I do. You want it just in the can?
Me: Heck, yeah, lady!
Ever since I started this blog, I’ve been writing about my affection for umbrellas in my drinks.
Got a sad little broken one tonight – in a can, of all things – but I was thrilled to get it. They’re much rarer these days around New York.
Part of the reason, admittedly, was so I could say, The night is young and we have umbrellas in our drinks.
I never told anyone the bigger reason though. No one ever asked and it never occurred to me to tell them.
But I’ll tell you.
My father owned one of the first Japanese restaurants in Westchester when I was kid.
I didn’t see much of him at home; I only have a handful of memories of him not in the restaurant. But I was always so excited when I went to see him there. He was my dad, after all.
Think all dads are gods to little boys.
Whenever my brother and I would come in, he would make a big show of his “important guests” and have us sit at the bar. And he’d make each of us a Shirley Temple.
He always topped it off with a maraschino cherry. And a small umbrella.
I remember feeling so cool. And so loved.
We only got one each visit, so I saved them. Lost them all when we moved back to New York City after the restaurant failed.
When the people you love die, you’re left with just these random memories. I never told my dad because I always forgot to bring it up. Another of my 10,000 regrets.
I wanted to call my dad and tell him that I finally got an umbrella tonight. They’re hard to come by, like I said.
And then I remembered that I couldn’t. Fucking cancer.
Wonder what random memories my son will have of me when I’m gone. In some ways, I’m excited for the gym to open just so he’ll have memories of the two of us being there.
I miss my dad. I miss my family. It was a sad little broken umbrella but I thought it was fitting.
Her: …and it was cancer. (pausing) Wait, is this ok to talk about?
Me: (shaking head and pulling out umbrella to take the picture above) It’s fine. When I drink, I’m always 50/50 for breaking down at any minute. Anywho…go on.