Weekend Coffee Share- Happy Father’s Day 2018!

Welcome to Another Weekend Coffee Share!

Don’t you just love how special days automatically assume you’re having a great day and that you’re all happy, happy, joy, joy! Happy Father’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day! Happy Birthday!

What if you don’t feel like being happy? What if you’re feeling grumpy or even downright miserable? Are you supposed to paint your clown face over the scars and forget your candle’s already gone out? Perhaps, we should just take “happy” out of the equation and simply wish people: “Father’s Day”, “Mother’s Day”, “Birthday”. Perhaps, by not expecting happiness (or at the very least a day without any fights or squabbles), we’d be better prepared to deal with any disappointment. Yet, isn’t that also defeat? Don’t we want to be happy?

Perhaps, we’ll all feel happier after a few celebratory Dad jokes:

  • I’ll never date another apostrophe…The last one was too possessive.
  • I gave all my dead batteries away today… Free of charge
  • I dreamed about drowning in an ocean made out of orange soda last night…It took me a while to work out it was just a Fanta sea.

Well, that’s enough philosophizing. Special days always get me thinking and it’s a time where most of us pause and reflect to some extent…or have someone else’s philosophizing thrust on us. What does it mean to be a good Dad? How do we show our Dad how much we love and appreciate him? Then, there are those who have lost their Dad, perhaps even prematurely. Or, don’t have contact with Dad.

My husband’s father passed away almost 35 years ago when Geoff was only 16 years old, and it wasn’t long after Father’s Day. Indeed, driving home from my parents’ place tonight, Geoff said that my Dad’s been his father-in-law longer than he had his own father. While it’s great that he has my Dad, it does feel like he was short-changed. His mother died in 2000 the year we met, but she was 73 which wasn’t unreasonable. So, my Mum as well as Geoff’s sister and her husband have helped fill these shoes.

Our Father’s Day was fairly low-key. We went to Church this morning as a family and drove down to Sydney for lunch with my parents and brother. You might recall that my parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary a few weeks ago. Well, they’d been given a lot of chocolate, and as tough as it might’ve been, we had to help them eat it.

I’m not sure whether you have heard that Australia has just acquired our 6th Prime Minister in 11 years. Just over a week ago, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was ousted by his own party and all that is despicable and ugly in politics both on the stage and behind the scenes reveal itself in all its lurid glory. I didn’t have much faith left before but anarchy is looking good atm. Whoops! I think that’s what we’ve already got. I wonder who’ll be wearing the monkey suit next week?

Last week, was fairly quiet as I’ve been recovering from last weekend’s gastro bug. It really sapped the life out of me. So, there’s been no dancing on the tables from me.

Rowena Lizottes

Posing after our violin performance 2012. Lizotte’s is a rock n’ roll venue where the likes of Diesel have performed…and me! The music school hired the venue for our concert.

However, I wrote a short story called: “The Violinist” which was based when I sat for my Preliminary Violin exam and almost blew a gasket stressing out about getting an A and about doing the exam at all. I’d only taken the violin up to help my daughter, but then she quit and left me to finish off the term’s lessons and I have no idea how one term lead to another except that I did play at the end of year concert in a violin ensemble. I think that’s what really clinched it for me and my teacher must’ve been a very positive force to counter-balance what really was a rather cantankerous and difficult violin. I haven’t posted it here, because I have plans.

This week, I also participated in Thursday Doors.  hosted by Norm 2.0. This week, we visited the miniature village of Lower Crackpot, located in Tazmazia in NW Tasmania. These doors were so cute and pretty witty as well. Not surprisingly, the village has quite a satirical element. If you’re feeling like a bit of a laugh, please Click here

I also took part in Friday Fictioneers. This week’s effort seemed a bit far-fetched at first but then I remembered that three Japanese tourists had tried driving from Redland Bay to Stradbroke Island thanks to Google maps, and decided Panoramic Pete might not have been so hard to believe after all. You’ve have to read it to form your own opinion: When the Mirror Cracked…

Well, that’s enough from me. What have you been up to during the last week? I’d love to catch up.

This has been another contribution to the Weekend Coffee Share hosted by Ecclectic Ali. We’d love you to come and join us.

Best wishes,


PS: Happy Father’s Day


11 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share- Happy Father’s Day 2018!

  1. Gary A Wilson

    Hi Rowena, I would love to read a piece about “a rather cantankerous and difficult violin”. The simple image and topic in your clever hands would have to be one fun read. I need to read how one would punish a misbehaving instrument – rosin denial comes to mind, but that might border on abuse to the current PCers out there. Bring it on lady!

  2. New Journey

    Wow I had to get the calculator out to see how long ago my father left us, 35 years ago last month. Seems just like yesterday. I love all your pictures and dad jokes, made me laugh out loud. Glad your feeling better, nothing worse that a tummy bug!! It is starting to cool off here, finally, so that means it must be starting into spring in your part of the world. Enjoy the spring..XXkat

  3. Sagittarius Viking

    Those are interesting thoughts about these special days. I grew up without a present father (his choice,) and with a psychopath step father. Father’s day does not have a positive meaning for me. Mother’s Day on the other hand is slightly overwhelming. My mother is my hero, but I lost her at age 12. I try to do something really special for my daughter every year on Mother’s Day, because being a mother is my greatest gift. Great having coffee with you Rowena.

  4. Rowena Post author

    I try to be mindful that these days mean many things to different people. I live with a serious medical issue and there have been a few close calls and so I appreciate how things can get very intense some times. I’m sorry you lost your Mum so young. My daughter is 12 now and my son is 14. I thank God for every extra year we have together and these days I’ve actually been able to relax. I am not doing too bad.
    BTW your daughter would probably really appreciate a memory box or book to remember your mother by. My husband’s father died when he was 16 and we’ve really struggled to put enough photos and stories together and now thast I’ve mentioned it to you, I realize that I haven’t got something together myself. I realized after Father’s Day that we didn’t know what date he passed away. I do a lot of family history and have so much information about other people and yet so little about him.
    Thanks fore the chat.
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    Hello my friend. You and Geoff lost your fathers at much the same time. My grandfather passed away 2 years earlier and Mum’s sister the following year. Mum’s sister was only 36 and it was such a shock.
    Yes, starting to warm up here. Looking forward to it.
    BTW you inspired my recent response to Friday Fictioneers although it’s a much, much older woman and I picture her being all skin and bones. There’s also another take on Apollo. One of the guys in the Batchelorette was called Apollo and he was rather handsome: https://www.cosmopolitan.com.au/bachelor/the-bachelorette-australia-2017-apollo-jackson-facts-24177 Worth making a run for it…with or without her teeth!
    Here’s a link to the story: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2018/09/06/dancing-with-apollo-friday-fictioneers/
    Hope you have a great weekend. It’s our wedding anniversary on Sunday.
    xx Ro

  6. Rowena Post author

    Gary, I think taking up with a cello could be the worst thing you could do to a violin. They get very jealous!
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    Thought you’d like it. On the subject of the false teeth, I found out about an English doll maker who made a doll in the image of his son who passed away. I posted that today. Nothing like getting anything I’m currently working on finished.
    Hope you’re having a good start to your weekend. Saturday night here and I’m just about to dish up some fresh cupcakes with butter icing. I was really about cupcakes on a blog last night and was led astray.
    xx Ro

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