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Ignoring Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to yourself.
Happy Mother's Day, Dad

A lesson in Mothers Day economics: directly or indirectly, fathers usually wind-up paying for both holidays.Directly 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?

In 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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