to an end. Bob started to stand up and jostled the table， spilling his coffee over his notes. "How embarrassing. I am getting so clumsy in my old age."Everyone had a good laugh， and soon we were all telling stories of our most embarrassing moments. It came around to Frank who sat quietly listening to the others. Someone said， & on， your most embarrassing moment." of his childhood. "I grew up in San Pedro. My Dad was a fisherman， and he loved the sea. He had his own boat， but it was hard making a living on the sea. He enough for our family， but also for his Mom and Dad and the other kids that were still at home." and said， "I wish you could have met my Dad. He was a big man， and fighting the seas for his catch. When you got close to him， he smelled like the ocean. He would wear his old canvas， foul-weather coat and his bibbed overalls1. His rain hat would be pulled down over his brow. No matter how much my Mother washed them， they would still smell of the sea and of fish."Frank's voice dropped a bit. "When That truck was older than he was. It would wheeze2 and rattle3 for blocks. As he would drive toward the school，I would shrink down into the seat hoping to disappear. Half the time， he would slam to a stop and the old truck would belch4 a cloud of smoke. He would pull right up in front， and it seemed like everybody would be standing5 around and watching. Then he would lean over and give me a big kiss on the cheek and tell me to be a good boy. It was so embarrassing for me. Here， I was twelve years old， and my Dad would lean over and kiss me goodbye!" and then went on， "I remember the day I decided6 I was too old for a goodbye kiss. When we got to the school and came to a stop， big smile. He started to lean toward me， but I put my hand up and said， 'No， Dad.'It was the first time I had ever talked to him that way， and he had this surprised look on his face.I said， 'Dad， I'm too old for a goodbye kiss. I'm too old for any kind of kiss.'My Dad looked at me for the longest time， and his eyes started to tear up. I had never seen him cry. He turned and looked out the windshield. 'You're right，' he said. 'You are a big boy....a man. I won't kiss you anymore.'"Frank got a funny look on his face， and the tears began to well up in his eyes， as he spoke7. "It wasn't long after that when my Dad went to sea and never came back. It was a day when most of the fleet stayed in， have gotten into a gale8 and the floats."I looked at Frank and saw that tears were running down his cheeks. Frank spoke again. "Guys， one more kiss on the cheek....to feel his rough old face....to smell the ocean on him....to feel his arm around my neck. I wish I had been a man then. If I had been a man， I would never have told my Dad I was too old for a goodbye kiss."