Father and Son—New Year’s Eve


I’m recycling last year’s blog.


Photo Credit by Shawn Lee from Jackson, MS (Flickr): Courtesy Wiki Commons

Photo Credit by Shawn Lee from Jackson, MS (Flickr): Courtesy Wiki Commons


My husband Mike, went to high school in Pelham, New York, a suburb where affluent homeowners threw grand parties. Having moved often during his childhood, he’d skipped a couple of grades. So, younger than most of his classmates, he was thrilled when a popular classmate invited him to a New Year’s Eve party at her home. Of course he would go. But the invitation specified black tie.

“You can wear my tux,” his father said, even though Mike hadn’t grown into it yet.

He rode to the party with a friend old enough to have passed his driver’s test. They arrived to find that the family dining room, decorated with silver bells, had been cleared of furniture to create a dance floor. The music of Lester Lanin’s fashionable orchestra drowned out the sound of nearby commuters starting up their cars as they arrived at the nearby railroad station.

Mike, overwhelmed by shyness, headed for the punch bowl where he plied himself with crystal cups of the fruity beverage, whatever it was. He soon felt nature’s call. Finding a bathroom upstairs, he promptly fell backwards into the tub. He pulled himself to a standing position, shoved his shoulder through the window, and listened to the sound of splintering glass.

He went back downstairs. His friend agreed to give him a ride home. He thanked the hostess and wove his way through the front door. Once outside, he promptly threw up.

Arriving home, he crept surreptitiously up the stairs, hoping his parents were asleep. His father wasn’t. He sat reading in bed.

“Hi Pop,” Mike said.

Looking up from his book, his father took the situation in with a glance. “Mike,” he said, “The way to have fun at a party is to see how little you can drink. Not how much.”

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