Tuesday, February 16, 2010


This isn't a real dailure; because I have only done it a couple of times, but having lunch with my dad, every other week, has been a real pleasure. I spend a lot of time with my mother (when they are in South Florida) but not so much with my father. They come for dinner and we go out with them but it's never 'alone time' with him. Yesterday, I invited him to come to our house, for lunch. I asked him what his "favorite job" was. He's now almost 88 and he has had about 13 different jobs in his life time. To me, that is amazing, because in those days most people had one, two maybe five, at the most, jobs. But 13?! He told me his "favorite job" was working with a Think Tank, called CIC, in Madison, Wisconsin. He was part of a team, which was working on a pilot , which would create an intercollegiate research project. It sounded really interesting. However, the pilot never became a 'real' project. He also enjoyed working as the chief economist, under Mayor Meyer (sp?) and then moved to Head of City Development. He's had some really interesting work! I think he enjoys talking about his experiences as much as I do listening to him.


Sally said...

And what a lucky dad. He has a daughter who truly knows how to listen and is genuinely interested in what he has to say. That is a gift you have, Hope.

Hope Torrents said...

Sally, You're so nice! I love that you always have something positive to say. I must say I'm very lucky that they are both alive and sharp as tacks (except for a few dotty moments). And I feel it's important to take it all in whilst I have the chance. I guess I should be taping all of it but he's written his memoirs and has it all down as text.