The glasses are always the reminder.
When you have been away from your dad’s home for several weeks or several months, it is always a shock when you see the glasses that they drink from every day. After every visit, you swear that you are going to buy he and his wife some new drinking glasses. Ones that are not etched with residue, not cloudy with hard water marks. When you leave, however, the state of their drinking glasses slips from your mind and you do not remember again until you return and next find yourself setting the table for lunch. Even the feel of the glasses is unnatural. Again, you promise yourself that when you get home, or at least somewhere with the internet, you will order then new drinking glasses.
At one time your father had a water softener in his home, but he felt