Guess who bought this sign...and hung it on her wall.
Of course, it has no impact on lack of Father's Day recognition...
There was a time when fathers could negotiate a good deal for giving up a daughter. In ancient days (according to the Bible) and in some societies still today (according to television documentaries), fathers trade their daughters for goats, sheep, or camels. Nowadays, the tables have turned: unloading female offspring can cost a lot of money. But, a marriage also provides a means of gauging filial affection.
There is an old saying about gaining a son, not losing a daughter. I never felt that was true. But, I did get something out of the deal: they offered me presents that they did not want or need.
I suppose that I should be pleased to have been invited to the wedding, after suggesting for so long that they elope to Las Vegas, splurge on the cheapest wedding package, and send me a postcard. I should be even more happy about receiving unwanted wedding gifts. Moreover, I am thrilled that times have changed. What would I do with goats?
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.