The Zadge’s dad was nicknamed “Charts” in high school. His dad, the Zadge’s “Poppee”, was the school’s principal and math teacher. And apparently, he started every class by saying, “Look at the charts and take your seat.”
The Zadge doesn’t really know what her Poppee was talking about, but apparently the kids thought it was funny and started calling the Zadge’s dad “Charts.”
On a side note, how much would it suck to have your dad be the principal of your school?
Charts, although raised super-Catholic, had, like his oldest child, become a heathen as an adult and no longer practiced any formalized religion. He would have abhorred a religious memorial. So the Zadge, placed in charge of organizing the memorial, thought she would honor her dad by having it in a place that he would enjoy.
That’s Charts’ only sibling in the middle, still as blond and beautiful as she was when she was the Homecoming Queen in college. Her five kids, the Zadge’s cousins, are all super cool, fun and smart and the Zadge wishes they all lived closer.
Here’s Cousin Jayne, who the Zadge hadn’t seen in probably 30 years. Cousin Jayne totally rocks a Mad Men vibe and the Zadge has such a girl crush on her that she may just well fly to Atlanta and move in with her for a few months:
The Zadge’s great buddies the Kaiser and the Gush were there:
And yes, the Zadge has some bags under her eyes. She was up until 4:00 a.m. the night before – FOUR A.M. PEOPLE!!! – and yes, alcohol was involved, so cut her some slack.
The Gush brought his five-year old daughter and three-year old son. The Gush’s son, Theo, is only three months older than the Fin and they were fast friends. The kids found the diggers at the construction site next door to the restaurant more fun than the party:
Theo and the Fin then began a very competitive game of chasing each other around the restaurant at high speed, which ended with a big, manly hug:
The Kaiser looks worried that he is going to have to hug the Gush next.
Charts Fest was a big success. The weather defied predictions and turned out sunny and breezy. The restaurant provided a welcoming roof top with good food and drink. Family and friends came together and reminisced and laughed and toasted Charts and his life.
I hope you enjoyed it, Dad!