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Roy’s Variety Show Makes a Stop in Charleston

They got breakfast at this place tomorrow? We can go out for breakfast if you want.

It’s Cupcake, Dad. They have CUPCAKES….

They have lots of different flavors, huh? Maybe some blueberry muffins?

CUPCAKES, Dad. They are making a special CINNAMON SUGAR CUPCAKE just for my BOOK SIGNING. You know, like Emmaline has in my book?

I ain’t read your book, Andra. I done sold a lot of your books on your walk, and you didn’t even give me any money.

DAD—

They have sugar-free cupcakes? I can’t eat a lot of sugar on account of my blood sugar and all. We could go out for breakfast, if you want.

THEY’LL BE PLENTY OF STRANGERS FOR YOU TO TALK TO AT THE CUPCAKE PLACE, DAD!!!!!

Huh?

And so it went on Friday, as Dad and Mom came down from Florence to re-unite me with all of the stuff left over from our adventure along the Natchez Trace, and to celebrate the Easter Weekend a bit. If you followed along with the walk, you can probably imagine what transpired…lunch where Roy’s ‘healthier choice’ was the Fried Fish Sandwich; Roy treating the powder room like an open-air roadside toilet; Roy tipping his Georgia Bulldog cap to every female in a hopping Lana Restaurant, and regaling the unlucky Georgia-alum waitress with every story he could unload on her as she tried to sling our plates onto the table; Roy grinning like a naughty schoolboy when he was presented with a surprise scoop of caramel gelato….

What shocked me is that, having spent five weeks straight with my Dad, and almost three with my Mom, getting back together was such a joy, with little of the anguish that had once been a hallmark of our relationships.

Every day with them is like adding another chocolate egg to my Easter basket.

Until Dad pees with the bathroom door open.

Again.

*****

If you’re in the greater Charleston, South Carolina area, head on out to Cupcake Down South’s Upper King Street downtown. I’ll be there from 10am to noon today. Signing books. Selling books. Smearing books (and readers) with cinnamon sugar icing. The cupcakes look like inverted boobs. And if you’re really lucky, Dad will pose with you holding one. Or two.

In the mood for Easter? Click here to see my Easter 2014 egg coloring extravaganza with Alice, Cayleigh and Gabby: Andra Watkins Tumblr

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21 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on I Bibble Opinions. and commented:
    When sweet moments capture the essence of life!

    April 19, 2014
  2. Love the eggs, Andra. It’s always more fun to color Easter eggs with a child. I’m sure you had fun.
    Here’s to brisk book sales in among the cupcakes today!

    April 19, 2014
  3. Hoping you meet lots of new fans today, and that books and cupcakes fly off the shelves!

    It’s fun to see your Dad pop up in a post so soon after he drove back to Florence–he’s every bit as colorful as those eggs! 🙂

    April 19, 2014
  4. Ohmygosh, Andra, the Roy stories never fail to crack me up. Enjoy your parents and Easter and I realy do want one of those cupcakes…

    April 19, 2014
  5. You know I won’t miss it. I could I miss Roy? And an inverted boob cupcake? Oh, and of corse you.

    April 19, 2014
  6. Lance #

    My favorite is “plenty of strangers for you to talk to”.

    I’m envious of her closeness to dad.

    April 19, 2014
  7. Sounds like a great day getting started right about now. If I had any cupcakes in the house, I’d have one in your honor, but an egg sandwich will have to do. I’m toasting you with coffee.

    April 19, 2014
  8. Yes he did! How very sweet, Andra. I am so happy that you are finding this “new” peace in the presence of your parents. 🙂

    April 19, 2014
  9. Ah, wish I could be there. Sounds like it is going to be quite the soireeeeey. A veritable orgy of literature, cupcakes, and Dad.

    April 19, 2014
  10. Have fun with your fans and followers!

    April 19, 2014
  11. Luck, luck, luck at your signing today! (And sales, sales, sales too!!)

    April 19, 2014
  12. Nice to see Gentleman Roy perusing the daily paper, whilst his daughter shamelessly mugs for the camera… again. Wish I could have been there.

    April 19, 2014
  13. It would be a delight to watch Roy hold court. Glad you’re having fun. It’s interesting what kinds of things it takes to shift to the adult acceptance dynamic with parents rather than falling back on the old patterns. Glad you’re still enjoying it.

    April 19, 2014
  14. well, and then there’s that…….

    April 19, 2014
  15. What is it with boys and bathroom doors?! I’m the only one in my house who always pees in private… Have a fantastic time at your signing today and Happy Easter!

    April 19, 2014
  16. Oh Andra.!! Really our dads should meet.!! I think they were separated at birth 🙂 lol…

    April 19, 2014
  17. Roy sounds like a very sharing type of person, because sharing is caring. Right?

    April 19, 2014
  18. Mmmm. Fried fish sandwich. Top that off with a cinnamon sugar cupcake, and that’s good eatin’!

    April 19, 2014
  19. He poses with books or boob… er, I mean, cupcakes?

    April 20, 2014
  20. tarakianwarrior #

    Maybe your Dad is claustrophobic and the rooms are too small? I know I do have that problem every now and then (at home my doors stay open and I’m sure I’ve told you before but I do not have a door on my bedroom for that specific reason), but I’ve never let the door open in a restaurant…or any public place (although I’ve wanted too). Parents are an adventure.

    April 21, 2014

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