Wilco Ticket Contest 14th Entry

by Prince Of Petworth February 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm 12 Comments

DSC00408, originally uploaded by Prince of Petworth.

[Ed. note: Winner announced Feb. 22]

“When she was new to this city, my mother, a North Carolina transplant, found work here as a cook and waitress. When I was an infant she stowed me in a basket underneath one of the prep tables in the kitchen so she could keep me close while she was working. Some of the waitresses who doted on me then still work here today. Eventually my mom left the Tabard, went back to school and took a job teaching Pre-K. Despite moving to the burbs, she remained close with the staff and made sure to use special occasions (like my high school graduation) as an excuse to come back and have a meal.

It’s been nearly three years since my mom was killed in a car accident. In that time, almost imperceptibly, my dad has made the Tabard his unofficial home-away-from-home. He likes to sit on this stool, near where the waitresses pick up their drink orders, and make conversation while nursing his Jamesons. Sometimes, when I get the chance, I’ll join him here for dinner. There’s not a place in the city I’d rather be.”

  • lazy cake

    Awesome pic, great entry.

  • Col Hts

    This one gets my vote — vivid, moving, poignant. And the Tabard is a great place, quintessentially Washington.

  • Toby

    Oh my gawd!!! If this one doesn’t win…

  • Anonymous


    please win.

  • consumer

    sorry about your mom. she’s still there in spirit though

  • Lindsay

    He gets my vote…

  • Kamal

    Is the post referring to The Tabard Inn in Dupont, or another Tabard? If its the former, no vote!

  • Anonymous

    Forgive me if this seems insensitive, but I hope the man in the picture agreed to have his story (I recognize it is also the author’s, his child’s, story) and his image posted. I fear this publicity could compromise the comfortable cocoon he’s created at The Tabbard.

  • Anonymous

    anon, 9:10a – are you a lawyer? jeez. just relax.

  • Eric

    This one def deserves the ticket

  • Anonymous

    I worked at the tabard for several years and often served your father his jameson’s. i am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. he always impressed me because at the time he was a smoker (although I know they stopped allowing smoking at the bar even before the city wide ban and maybe he has stopped since?) and also a devout swimmer. he was definitely one of the nicest regulars at a bar that has so many. good luck to you both. the last I recall is that you were attending college out of the country. welcome back to your roots and keep the connections alive.

  • Wow. This brought tears to my eyes. I’m glad this entry was one of the winners.


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