As much as I like to dine out, I sometimes enjoy a quiet evening at home (don't worry, this is not another story about how I get the girl). This evening my wife and I decided to prepare dinner for her 82 year old grandpa. I find men of his generation fascinating, and their wealth of knowledge and experience is abundant. His stories about politics, clothing, and growing up are so captivating. He reminisced about shopping at the gentleman's store where he grew up, and he repeatedly pointed out that nobody makes a good suit anymore. "Everything is mass produced," he exclaimed. I comforted him by assuring him that I would take him to buy a quality suit. He replied, "A guy has to look good you know, even at 82." As we moved from the sitting room to the dining room, we all sat down to a beautiful table prepared by my wife. I am wearing a linen and silk blend fair isle sweater, cream wool trouser, candy stripe oxford, and canvas spectator shoes. I sorely wanted a picture of my wife and her grandfather, but they were skeptical about being on the internet. He constantly reminded me that it would destroy the world :) Regardless, he was wearing a red plaid shirt, brown corduroy blazer, olive chinos, and brown wing-tips (all from Brooks Brothers).
Dinner was fabulous, and the conversation continued. We all enjoyed the lamb chops, green salad, baked potatos, and rolls. We finished the meal with peach ice cream and peach cobler. After dinner, her grandpa wanted to sit on the deck and have a smoke. "Come smoke with me, Richard", he said. "It will clear your lungs and mind." :) It had become quiet brisk outside, so I ventured into my closet and grabbed my camel hair blazer and tweed cap. I usually don't wear a hat, but he brought his, and he told me I needed to get mine. "You must never let your head get cold!" he exclaimed. I did not argue! As he fired up his pipe, I began to puff on my Macanudo Maduro. The conversation continued, and he continued to school me about great suits and occasionally tobacco. He encouraged me to smoke a pipe. "You will love it," he said. I explained to him that I did have a pipe, but I seldom use it. As the evening came to a close, I realized how much I could learn from this man. I thoroughly enjoyed my quiet evening at home!
A Look From Behind