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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Of Daughters and Starbucks...

One Thursday a month I get four hours of "Daddy and Girlie" time; that is, I get to spend four hours with just my girl as I take her to Knoxville for her Suzuki Group piano lessons. We live about an hour from Knoxville so we spend an hour each way talking and listening to music together, singing tunes. Last Thursday, after her class was over, she said, "Dad, let's go to Starbucks! They sell the best toffee bars there." Obviously, she has been to Starbucks before with friends.
I've been a dad for 10 years now and it's moments like these that I enjoy, but they also make me a little sad. She's growing up, experiencing events and wanting to share them with me and that's okay, but the sad part is that she has experienced these things "before" and I wasn't there the first time so she's sharing it with me AFTER the fact. Knowing that she wants to share something that she like makes it sweet, but darn it, she's growing up too soon!
The funny thing is, I've never been to Starbucks before so she's showing ME around. I'm a big coffee drinker, mind you, but I've never seen so many way of making coffee! The menu totally confused me and I kept thinking, "how long does it take the employees to learn how to make all those things?" After a while I just asked the cashier, "can I just have a cup of coffee? The cashier just took my money but the other employee who was to make my order was listening and looked visibly relieved. He even told the cashier, "my work is done. You can make a coffee."


FelineFrisky said...

Isn't it amazing how coffee has changed? It's a really unique drink nowadays.

You used to go into the local pharmacy and have a cuppa joe with the other patrons. The only specialty about it was "cream and sugar?" and it was only worth about 30 cents!

Now, you need an encyclopedia to figure out what you want!

Ah. little girls. Uhm, they don't stay that way, Pavel. I'm sorry. Enjoy each new adventure as it comes along. Each one IS a first, as it will be the first time with YOU! that's what makes it so special to her!

Smile, Pavel. She's a beautiful girl, turning into a fabulous woman! D :)

G said...

Enjoy each moment. The beauty of it is she probably felt like a big deal showing you around. May I recommend a latte for your next trip for a toffee bar?

HMBT said...

That's so true Pavel, my boys are growing up so fast and I love squeezing all those moments out of each day. Yeah next time you are there try the snickers bar mocha...if the caffine don't get you the sugar will! Oh yeah I got tagged for a meme, and I tagged you too...your IT! *As she runs away snickering*

Anonymous said...

Oh Pavel, I totally get you with the Starbucks thing. I went there once, never to return again...hahaha. I did not appreciate being scolded on how to order a $1.50 cup of coffee. :P

As for your daughter, I don't have kids, so it's a bit hard for me to relate, but I can say that I'm sorry it makes you a little sad to see her growing up so quickly, but I'm happy that you both have a wonderful relationship with each other. It's great that you have this time together to spend some catch up and bond, just the two of you. That's so nice. :)

Btw...I FINALLY wrote your was up on Monday. :-D

Pavel said...

ff: Oh, okay. She can grow up, but I don't have to LIKE it! (smile)

g: Your latte recommendation has been recorded and I'm looking forward to it. How do you order one? What kind of options do you have?

hmbt: Oh, cool! A meme! I like them... I've swing by your place a little bit later on today...

Amber: I know what you mean. It's not like I took a Starbucks ordering class in college!
Thank you so much for your post on my blog! You are so nice!