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June 20, 2004

Happy Father's Day

You really want dad to have a happy day? Then give the poor bastard the chance to do what he wants to do on one fucking day without all that "what do you want to do on your special day" shit. Believe us, left alone without having to plan, explain, and most of all without having to bring everyone along, he'll be perfectly capable of doing exactly what he wants to do. 

Feel free to say all the things he doesn't have to do; "oh, the yard work can go another week" or "church is in the heart after all, you don't really have to go to a building" or "a little oil on the driveway won't kill us" and especially "don't you feel like going out on a long drive by yourself?"  But don't pressure him into finding exactly the right combination of things that will make him happy while making everyone else happy.  That's a compromise position, and you're just being selfish by making him choose a lesser happiness.

And that goes double for bringing in the in-laws, other fathers, or worse, fathers-in-law.  If he likes those people, he'll go visit them.  But bringing them over to make the day "more special" is like passing out condoms in prison to make shower time more fun. 


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