Sunday, June 20, 2010

father's day

It may be a Hallmark creation, but it's also an opportunity and reminder to say thanks to a man who did so much for your thankless, earlier self. So, thanks to my dad who, when he wasn't building computers the size of a house, took time to teach us fun things like Morse Code and imbue countless skills that have proved mighty useful later in life. Here he is talking man-to-man with my brother (now a father of four) who is nattily attired for church in his Eton suit. Whatever happened to shoe stirrups that keep kids' pant legs from riding up? Oh, those sixties. What a dapper decade to be a dad in.

6 comments:

California Girl said...

Nice. Our "...thankless" selves is an apt description; how apt I never knew til I had kids.

Took me all morning to write the post, find the OLD photos, have my husband scan them and then insert, re-write and publish.

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

Growing up means thanking your parents instead of blaming them. You do it beautifully in tribute to your late father, @California Girl. http://emptynestevolution.blogspot.com/2010/06/happy-fathers-day.html

Howie said...

Awww great post! And Hallmark gets credit for 2 HUGE things. Both Fathers Day and Mothers Day remind the absentee or abusive parents or bad parents what they have thrown away. Not all of us are so lucky to have had great parents or role models.

I always say how ironic that I have to take a test to drive a car but not to have a kid.

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

Thanks, Howie. Yes! Totally agree. They should make Parent Training mandatory. And give out manuals. But then again, too much information prior to parenthood could result in seriously stultifying birth rate...

├ůsk Dabitch said...

funny, we have "my dad built computers the size of a house" in common. Well, sorta, my dad then went on a mission to make computers smaller so he was preoccupied with that for quite a while too. :) Also, my brother wore dapper suits with clip-on ties and stirrups! We're practically TWINS girlfriend. ;-p

YEAY DADS!

Ad Broad, oldest working writer in advertising said...

@DaBitch Ha, love the idea we were separated at birth. How come you got the place with the much better chocolate.