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It’s a Dad’s Duty…

My girls turn 14 today, which means we’ve been in full-on “Dad, you’re embarrassing me” mode for the past couple years.   You know what that stage is, right?  It’s where, in my kids’ eyes, I’ve ruined their social standing by merely donning a blue shirt on a Tuesday.

I gotta admit, it hurts.  The irreverence and leviy that goes into just about every one of my posts don’t just appear as soon as my fingers touch the keyboard.  It’s in my blood.  I’m like this all the time.  There are no rules in this house. I’m not like a regular dad, I’m a cool dad.

Recognize those last couple sentences?  Yes, I took them from Mean Girls.  Up until recently that would’ve gotten a chuckle out of the girls.  Now it gets the same response as in the movie.

stop talking giphycom


So what’s a dad to do?  Exactly what my dad and just about every other dad I know did.  Go out of my way to embarrass them more whenever I can.

One of those moments came the other day when we were getting some froyo.  It was a slow night with only two other families there.  So there wasn’t a whole lot of noise to drown out this awesome Olivia Newton-John song playing on the speakers –



I love that song.   So naturally I started to sing along.   Out loud.   And the best part – the other two dads were singling along, too.   Maybe they weren’t trying to embarrass their kids like I was, but their kids’ reactions were about the same.

Happy Birthday, girls!!


How did your dad embarrass you?





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I don't know everything about the world of food and wine, but I'm not going to let a small detail like that stop me from blogging about it.

6 comments on “It’s a Dad’s Duty…

  1. the drunken cyclist
    October 24, 2014

    My dad? Going out in public without his false teeth was pretty embarrassing….

  2. Max D.
    October 27, 2014

    My absent dad was pretty cool although the part about being absent was a bit embarrassing. But that’s sort of unfair given that he put up with plenty of crap from his own children.

    My own children get driven around in a 1999 Corolla held together with duct tape, so I don’t blame them for being embarrassed of their dad. (“You can drop me off here, Dad.” I’ll walk the rest of the way.”)

    Plus there’s always a bad pun/joke lurking in their lives, the most recent being: “What do you hear when a piano falls down a mine shaft? A flat minor.”

    Happy birthday to the girls!

  3. Michelle Williams
    October 27, 2014

    It is a parent’s right to embarrass their kids! I can embarrass my kids simply by standing next to them when their friends are around! Congrats and happy birthday to your daughter!

    • thefoodandwinehedonist
      October 27, 2014

      Yes, ive had that happen. And btw – theyre twins, but im sure the HBD applies to both. :). Thanks!

  4. mrsugarbears
    October 28, 2014

    I was terrible. My parents would take us to the mall on Friday nights to eat pizza. All of my friends were there and at that time, I was so embarrassed to be with my family.
    They now live one block away from me and I stop by everyday. One day…those kiddos will think you’re the coolest again. I know nobody compares to my dad. 🙂

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