Father’s Day and the Unexpected and Grand Lobster Dinner

lt must have been a good week because grandma gave grandpa a $10 bill to go and buy lobster for their Saturday night supper. In those days, lobster went for about $1 per pound. And with eight kids sitting around the table, she expected him to come home with 10 chicken lobsters without saying. One lobster per person. Makes sense, right?

But that particular Saturday afternoon, there was a 10-pound lobster in the tank at the fish market. And in typical dad fashion, grandpa couldn’t resist the temptation to bring home something unexpected and grand for his young family. He was, after all, following his marching orders from grandma . . .  maybe straying outside the lines just a little bit.

One lobster per person was a special family dinner. But a 10-pound lobster feast was the start of a family legend.

I never knew my grandpa, but this story and others colored in a memory of him for me. Each time my grandma told me the story of the 10-pound lobster her eyes revealed an unmistakable mix of both mild exasperation and delight. A feeling I’d connect with decades later as a wife and mother.

Dads seem to know just how to shake things up. The best ones I know speed up for the dip in the road so everyone in the car gets to lose their stomach for a second. They might get totally side-tracked engineering a cardboard fort after a new appliance arrives. Build an all-out performance venue in the backyard for a troupe of young performers stymied by Covid. Maybe rent a convertible on the family vacation even though the luggage count clearly requires a minivan. Or simply start an epic family water fight on a hot summer day with a sneak attack on mom. Dads are memory makers.

If the dad in your life is a ringleader of fun, a keeper of nonsense traditions, a perpetrator of unexpected and grand gestures¾turn the tables this year.

We’ve compiled a Father’s Day Gift Guide full of unexpected and grand gift ideas. From the Gourmet Grilling Gift to personalized pint glasses to a single, perfect bottle of world-class wine from our Reserve Cellar GiftTree has just the right Father’s Day gift to show that you’ve learned a thing or two from him about shaking things up.

If you’re inspired by grandpa George’s sense of fun, we even offer an Effortless Lobster Bake. It’s not a 10-pound lobster, but this unexpected and grand Father’s Day dinner is actually effortless the foil packet bakes in the oven¾leaving more time for your own memory making.