The Fourth of July is less than a month away. My business partner, Tom, who is also my father-in-law, and I have been planning.
First, we had to choose what kind of donuts to make and give away to promote our coffee and donut shop, Deputy Donut, at the community picnic.
We decided to make raised, jelly-filled donuts. We would frost them all with vanilla frosting, and we would pipe red stripes on the raspberry jelly-filled donuts and stick dark blue sugar stars on the blueberry jelly-filled donuts.
But our most important decision was who was going to drive our Deputy Donut delivery car in the Fallingbrook Fabulous Fourth Festivities parade.
Our delivery car is special. It's a 1950 Ford painted to look like a police car. Here's a picture of it before we added it's most noticeable feature, a big plastic donut lying flat on its roof behind the siren-shaped speaker. The "sprinkles" in the white icing dripping down its sides are twinkling lights. The donut takes the place of a light bar with strobe lights like real police cars have. Well, sort of...
Anyway, I love driving it, even though I almost have to sit on a cushion to see over that big steering wheel.
"Let's toss a coin," Tom suggested. We did. He won the toss.
"Best of three," he said. I won the next toss. He won the third.
His eyes twinkled. "Best of five."
"Your negotiation tactics are strange," I told him. I won the final two tosses.
"You're driving in the parade, Emily." He did not sound the least bit disheartened by the loss he had engineered.
On the morning of the Fourth, he'll stay in the shop and make donuts for the picnic and the rest of the day. I think he's always afraid that if I fry the donuts, I might scald myself with hot oil. He'll also keep an eye on my cat, Deputy Donut, Dep for short. During work days, she stays in the office of the shop we named after her. It's our office, but even more than that, it's a kitty playground with ladders, ramps, tunnels and (naturally) catwalks up near the ceiling.
A week from today is Fathers' Day. Tell me in the comments below what I should get or do for Tom. One commenter will win a signed copy of Goodbye Cruller World, the second Deputy Donut Mystery by Ginger Bolton.
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And watch for the whole story of the Fallingbrook Fabulous Fourth Festivities in Jealousy Filled Donuts, which comes out August 27 and is available for pre-order now.