Conversations with Dad

On the day after Christmas, my sister brought my dad over for a big family get together. Dad did very well considering there were seventeen people and a lot of noisy, happy children.

As the afternoon wore on, Dad had enough and was ready to go.

So as my husband (Steve) was putting Dad in the passenger seat of my brother’s car to return to his facility, Steve noticed a bunch of empty Starbuck cups. He reached over to throw them out and Dad got quite irritated with him.

Dad likes to collect empty paper cups. No harm in that, other than his room gets filled up with junk. Still, the cups were dirty and needed to be tossed, so Steve persisted.

I’m not sure what was running through Dad’s head, or what he was trying to say, but what came out (with a fierce scowl) was: “Well, you ought to be ashamed of yourself!”

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Mocha with Linda says:

    I hope Steve was properly contrite. 🙂

    I would love to have a peek inside the mind of folks like your dad and my FIL.