It’s almost Father’s Day! Even though I’m not able to make it home for Father’s Day this year, I know my dad will be surrounded by love, appreciation and a house full of family – my brother, aunts, cousins and grandparents will be visiting!
I specifically made these scones with my dad, who is a Type 1 diabetic, in mind. They’re low-sugar, but you would never know – there is still plenty of natural sweetness from the strawberries! My dad is one of the hardest working, most inspiring people I know. He’s lived with T1 since he was 6 years old, and now as a physician specializing in diabetes care, he has devoted his life and career to research and finding a cure. Being raised in a diabetic household definitely shaped the way I eat – a small part of me sees my outrageous baking habits as the rebellious reaction to decades of fruit for dessert, but most of me is a firm believer in living a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I am obviously a strong proponent of dessert and sweet treats, but I also know that I feel my best when I eat much more green than refined sugar.
This painting also reminds me a little bit of growing up with my dad. As a doctor he often had to work long hours, and I remember my little brother and I waiting excitedly for him to come home from work. Our playroom used to be in the basement right next to the garage, so we could hear just as soon as he arrived, and if we timed it right, we could make it to the door before he would! While I only have fond memories of this waiting, Winslow Homer’s 1873 work Dad’s Coming! had a slightly different (read: darker) undertone. Winslow Homer was an American landscape painter and printmaker best known for his coastal scenes and pictures depicting the struggle between man and nature. This work was completed after a summer spent in Gloucester, MA, one of the many small coastal towns Homer visited throughout the northeast.
The composition is simple: a young boy sits atop a wooden boat looking out to sea. Behind him stands his mother and baby sister, who look out in different directions. Everyone is looking for Dad, waiting for him to come in on his fishing boat. For commercial fisherman and their families, the waiting game was a familiar one, and probably a very anxious one as well. Though the scene looks innocent and idyllic, Homer once again brings up the ongoing struggle between man and the sea. His skillful brushstrokes give the illusion of a peaceful family afternoon, but upon closer inspection the viewer sees a more anxious scene.
While I completely understand the serious tone of this work, I can also see a more lighthearted scene in my mind, and I hope my Dad’s weekend turns out a little more like this: Dad out enjoying his time on his boat, with family waiting on shore to great him with a cocktail for happy hour and a big hug! Here’s to wishing all the Dads out there, especially the Dads in my life, a very Happy Father’s Day, and a day filled with fun, relaxation and love!
Recipe inspired by Joanne Chang’s low sugar scones in Baking with Less Sugar
Featured art: Winslow Homer, Dad’s Coming!, 1873, oil on panel