|May 14, 2017
Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that
opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to
or indirectly, fathers usually wind-up paying for both
holidays, Mother's and Father's Day. Raising our family, my
wife never worked outside the home, where she worked plenty,
so naturally the bills for Fathers Day gifts she bought came
to me. And, I remember getting a gift from one of the kids
going to college, and then a few days later, his checking
account needed a transfusion, being short of money after
buying me that nice gift. But, hey, what are fathers for?
my generation, and those before me, it wasn't all that
common for a wife with children to work outside the home.
Now, most wives go off to work and have money of their own
to spend. I have a friend who had a working wife, and he
used to tell about her coming home every Friday night and
saying "Here's my paycheck, honey ... "
She really never did that, but we both had a a good laugh
when he told the story.
After we retired, I told
our kids not to buy us anything more, we needed nothing, or
if we did we'd go buy it. (Dang, they believed me.)
Now, we get phone calls from the kids, or even an email,
when these holidays or our birthdays come around, and really
that is just fine. While I joke about it, I really meant it
when I told them to save their money.
A couple of
years ago, one of the kids forgot Mom's birthday, and he
called her a few days later. While they were on the phone, I
said, just loud enough in the background so he could hear,
"Ok, Hazel, I'll put the kid back in the will".
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