Daily Reflections From My Window

June 20, 2021 Father’s Day Sunday!


“I have found the very best way to advise your children is to find out what they want to do and advise them to do it.”

President Harry Truman

That is so true and Jay really does that. While I was always encouraging new activities and social experiences, Jay saw that Jack had an interest in music and encouraged it. Who knew it would lead to a very successful online music career, a school in NYC and meeting the love of his life and then returning to the place of his birth to support her in blending their dreams at Hooded Wonder Coffee and Records a new, hip, coffee and music shop in Downtown Johnstown. They did it on their own with the encouragement of Rosemary Pawlowski. She spotted talent immediately and set to work getting something going. They are in the Gallery on Gazebo and are bringing new life to the space. We just stood back and watched the magic happen.

Not only do they serve coffee and wonderful, fresh snacks, but they serve up a place where musicians and those who don’t know they are yet, can tinker.

While we were there yesterday we watched as Jack showed fellow music lovers how to use a new tool he’s been building that makes sounds according to the amount of light it gets. He’s got big plans for more like it. While he did that, a man came in from Seattle who was visiting on business and talked to Madison about coffee beans while she made her special slow pour variety especially for him. He was impressed at her breadth of knowledge. He loved the coffee.

Jay read a magazine and had his coffee and I had the “Baby Plate” and “Dooner” smoothie. It feels so good to eat fresh! It was busy while we were there, as it has been each time we’ve stopped, and Madison treats each customer like they are the only one there by making the perfect coffee beverage or plate, while Jack is the smoothie master.

Yes, encourage your child and you never know where it will lead! Check out the books on the shelf-who knew the ancient philosophers would have such an impact?! He’s read every one at least once and as a true minimalist is ready to share it with others.

We headed home after a wonderful afternoon with the kids at their shop, listening to the music from the Juneteenth (9th year here!) celebration in the park and enjoying our treats.

I was inspired to get to work photographing items for my Etsy shop. As so often happens, I needed my hole punch, couldn’t find it and ended up cleaning out about 4 drawers looking for it. I got the pictures and am now super organized, but no hole punch! It went quickly though. Jay had music playing in his office and we worked independently and together as we often do in our collaboration. It was a nice evening topped off with watching the Olympic Trials. I’m so glad he suggested watching them. I LOVE to watch the Olympics! Even the trials.

I asked Jay what he wanted to do for Father’s Day and here goes: we’re having the crew over for a simple dinner on the grill of steaks, homemade potato salad and a nice fresh green salad. Nothing harsh-no beet greens or weird stuff that I like to add. Just my mom’s potato salad recipe (with capers because they are his favorite!) and a salad with lettuce, cucumber, onion, tomatoes!

Simple. I love it! Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads out there. I sure miss mine and I know that Jay misses his. They gave us great memories and instilled qualities in us and our son that will continue to live on. Here’s to our Dads! Jay’s in the photo as a baby with 3 older generations and the other is my Dad walking me down the aisle.

Cracks me up to think when he handed me to Jay, he said, “There’s a ‘no return policy’ on this one.” They didn’t call him Chuckles for nothing.

But he ALWAYS encouraged my love of sewing and got me my first machine. We’d go to Zayres or Kmart on Friday nights after he got home from work and have dinner and shop for fabric. He loved to see us doing what we loved to do and I think he encouraged each of us.

Jay’s Dad was much loved and as an only son, had a lot in common with ours. They seemed outgoing in public but both were secretly introverts who got energy from being with their families. A widower when I met him, with 2 young girls at home, he did a wonderful job of getting them on to their own paths while missing their lovely mother. Jay and the 2 older girls were already on their way. He’s the original JHF! He passed on a lot of wise words to all of us over the years, being a well read man.

I see so much of them both in Jack and probably will continue to as time goes on.

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day and hug your Dad!