All the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
I already knew what was beneath, but still I watched closely as my father dragged a coin across the label, scratching away the surface.
“But where does he go to get his banana split?” my mother asked.
“He doesn’t have to go anywhere,” I explained, “I have all the fixings in the car.”
As I sliced bananas and scooped ice cream, I explained how the 30-day calendar worked, “Some days you win a surprise, other days a special message, prayer, or thought.”
“When do I scratch off the label?” Dad asked.
“First thing in the morning each day, but you have to give me till the end of the day to deliver. And no going ahead!” I laughed.
Hoping my father would enjoy the anticipation of surprises, I created “Dad’s Lot O’ Surprises Scratch-Off Calendar” as a Father’s Day gift that would extend beyond the special day. And since I know my father has an affection for sweets, most of his surprises are sweet treats. Shhh! Let’s keep that a secret, though!