Sunday Question; Funny Father’s Day Stories

Today is Father’s Day, and though my dad is gone, and he passed away on Father’s Day 2002, I know that there are many people who have father’s that they want to honor today in the United States, and others who might be missing their fathers, yet want to glean onto a good memory of some type from the past.

I decided to ask about funny father stories on Father’s Day, but the story doesn’t have to have occurred on the holiday. Truthfully, I can’t remember many Father’s Days, which I think is a shame, though I know I gave my dad a lot of Old Spice as a kid that he never wore.

My funny story covers a bunch of years as far as distance, but I hope to tell this story quickly. Back around the time I was 9 years old, my dad had given me a new bike. We used to call them “banana bikes” because of the seats, and I was the first kid on the base to get one. One day, late in the afternoon, I was riding my bike when there was this car coming towards me. I had plenty of time, and went to jump the front of the bike onto the curb and get out of the street. Only this time I messed up, missed the jump, and I came crashing down, my chin hitting the sidewalk hard. I cried, and oddly enough it was the last time I cried until the day my dad passed away. Dad was the first one there, almost immediately in fact. He got me to the dispensary, which many bases have rather than a hospital, and they patched me up. I remember thinking how glad I was that Dad happened to be there for me on that day.

Fast forward about 28 years, 1996. I was telling this story at my parent’s house with my wife, who was then my girlfriend, and my mother and grandmother in the room as well, and just as I finished, my dad said that wasn’t how the story went. I said it was how it went because it happened to me, and he said it wasn’t how it happened because he was watching. He said he was looking at me riding the bike and feeling proud because, unbeknownst to me, he had put the bike together when he bought it. I thought it had already been assembled, but that was the model, not the same bike I got. So he was watching me when I went to jump the curb, and the wheel decided to separate from the bike and stay down; that’s why I didn’t make it. I asked why he never said anything all these years and he said he knew if he’d told my mother the truth she’d have killed him! It seems Father knows best after all!

Anyway, I hope some of you have funny father stories as well, and I hope you’re able to honor your father on this day as well.

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9 comments on “Sunday Question; Funny Father’s Day Stories

  • Charles Gulotta says:

    Great story, Mitch. Okay, I have one, although it was only funny momentarily.

    My father was a long-time smoker who refused to quit because the cigarettes hadn’t made him sick. Yet. Then when his doctor told him to either give up the smokes or stop wasting his time, my father decided to try. I don’t know how many times he claimed to have quit, or how many times we caught him. But one day he went into the bathroom in our house and had a cigarette. He stood with his face up to the window and blew the smoke out through the screen so no one would notice it later. What he didn’t know was that my mother was in the backyard hanging laundry, and my brother, sister, and I were back there playing. All four of us stopped what we were doing to watch the puffs of smoke coming from the bathroom window. When we asked him about it later, of course he tried to deny it, but there were just too many witnesses.

    As I said, it was funny for the moment. Ultimately, the cigarettes he craved so much gave him emphysema, and that wasn’t funny at all.

    Your dad passed away on Father’s Day; mine died on Mother’s Day, 1984. I try not to dwell on his many physical ailments, and remember that he was a thoughtful and caring man with a wonderful sense of humor.

    • That’s funny and sad at the same time, Charles. The trainer at the health club said you can lie to anyone and anything except your body, and he’s absolutely right on this one. Thanks for sharing the story.

  • Charles Gulotta says:

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    There was one more point I wish I’d made. It’s that if there are any fathers reading this who also happen to be smokers, any day is a great day to quit. But today may be the most perfect, because you just might be giving yourself the best Father’s Day gift of all: more time with your family.

  • Mitch,
    I thought this was a great story about your Dad…it’s so funny the things we remember and how they hold meaning for us. I don’t remember any Father’s Days either…I always used to say I didn’t like Father’s Day. Now that my father is gone, I see the value of having this day, and wish that I would have sooner.
    .-= Kelly Lux´s last blog ..3 Simple Lessons learned from Two Years in Career Services =-.

    • I’m with you on that one, Kelly. I did see my dad on Father’s Day, like I see my mother these days on Mother’s Day, but the only memorable thing is my dad passing away on Father’s Day, and that’s a memory I wish I didn’t have. We really don’t tke advantage of the time we have our parents.

  • Wow, I totally missed this post the other day!

    So sorry about your Dad, Mitch. It must have been twice as hard being on Fathers Day.

    There are so many funny things I could say about my Dad, but obviously don’t have space here!

    He passed away a couple of years ago.

    One thing he always did with the kids is put on funny hats and make a funny face and say, “Duh!”. The babies would crack up!

    He also rarely had a pic taken where his tongue wasn’t sticking out!

    I did do a little tribute on my mom blog:

    http://workinginjammies.blogspot.com

    Of course, I don’t have any pics of Dad on this computer- will have to scan some and add them in.
    .-= Carolee´s last blog ..Question for the work at home parents…. =-.

    • I enjoyed the stories on your blog about your dad and husband. And thanks for commenting on my story about my dad.

  • Man, you and your father look just alike…he definitely cannot deny you!
    .-= Caleb aka Weez´s last blog ..How to Show Your Emotions Online =-.

    • Thanks Caleb. Actually, I never noticed we looked anything alike except in body shape, even though I outweighed my dad by at least 100 pounds. But sometimes you can’t see it for yourself.

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