Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Daddy-O




I can't explain how weird this afternoon has been for me. I was sitting around surfing TV channels looking for Project Runway and lo and behold, there is my dad's old movie, Body and Soul. Oddly, this same thing occurred when I was in Columbus in January while Mom and I were sitting around in her livingroom...great timing. It was so bizarre watching my father as such a young man...I think he was about the age that my sons are now. In one scene, I saw my son Eric's eyebrows, even a facial expression that he does when he's trying to knit his eyebrows (always unsuccessfully). The same eyebrows, the same position...so bizarre and tender. I saw my son Eli's eyes, lips, hairline and brow. I saw, perhaps for the first time, that my father had a dimple in his chin...just like my daughter Jette's and my grandaughters, Emma and Mae.

The movie even took place on the "east side" of New York, my father and John Garfield's old neighborhood. They grew up together and Mr. Garfield got my dad the job. It was just such a great hour and a half...a gift...

Hi Dad...eternal love...

3 comments:

Eliot Bowman said...

Wow...that's really cool that it just came on like that out of nowhere. It would be like me walking through a bookstore one day when I'm a little wise(R) and seeing one of your books that you may have wrote years back...I just can't really imagine that...yet I can at the same time...hmmm.

Stephanie Jette said...

I still have never seen that movie. I so need a copy. Please tell me where I can get a copy. Love you very much!!

katzbox said...

He was also in the original Narrow Margin, which is also a classic...that's your grandpa, a class act all the way!