Dad’s Life

by Translation Guy on June 16, 2011

I guess this is from last year, but I just saw it and got a kick out of it. Any of you who wear socks with your sandals or have wept over a Disney Princess will be able to relate. I won’t pretend this has anything to do with language, other than to communicate that simple message: Have a Happy Father’s Day. I’m hoping my sixteen-year-old puts in an appearance, let’s me cook her pancakes or something, and word is that not one of the hundred or so ties in my closet are wearable, so I expect few surprises under the Father’s Day tree.

To my fellow Dads, next time you are asked to crack that wallet, remember the gift is in the giving.

Surely my own Dad’s view. Now that he is gone, I dream of him constantly, the old swamp fox bastard deep in the woods, the only place he could be himself, a deer killer on the chase among the endless hills of Pennsylvania, in a dreamscape of rustling pin oaks and hemlock under snow. Silently he comes out of the woods, gun at ready, comes up close to me, and whispers, “Seen anything?”

Doesn’t matter whether I say “a flag” or “a rack” or “squat,” whatever, since he is really only looking for me, and I for him. “OK, keep your eyes open, I’ll circle around, see you at the bottom of the hill later.” Then he disappears into the laurel, perhaps the crack of a branch broken under his boot as he walks off, then nothing. Until the next time.

As I write this, I can smell that familiar scent of my father, of Winstons and wet wool, for just a moment, now born away again by a cold wind, as we walk along the darkening trail back of  Blue Mountain.

Happy Father’s Day.


  1. 1st comment in 3 months being on your blog Ken. I can’t stand rap, but this is fantastic.

    • Ken says:

      Guess rap brings out the best in you, Jessica 😉

  2. dalmond says:

    The female version may be better!

  3. Show this to your daughter Ken, let her see what you have had to go through for all these years@

  4. I love the scene where he cries!

  5. Dimples says:

    dude that second dad was G

  6. Kent Godfrey says:

    its the dad life…nuff said

  7. Martin says:

    lol i need to show this to my brother in law!

  8. I’ve truly enjoyed this…….great dad’s are getting harder to come by. My dad is AWESOME!!!!! Ken you seem like a cool dad.

    • Ken says:

      I’ll show your comment to my daughter. I’m certain it will be persuasive.

  9. Gueibor says:

    I stumbled upon here via a link in Jost’s newsletter, but it only took me a read of your hunting scene to subscribe. From a fellow dad and “orphan”, have a great Faher’s Day!

    • Ken says:

      Am I too old to be an orphan? If we are over fifty and our parents gone are we only “orphans” in quotes? That seems to be the expectation. Quotes or no, still hurts bad, doesn’t it? I miss my Mom and Dad. So now our comfort is to do the same to the little ones as was done to us.

      Maybe you’ve walked that same trail with your old man, back behind your mountain. Seen anything?

  10. Gueibor says:

    Not at all!
    It’s just that I was looking for a word to define “parentless adults” in less arid terms and, although it felt natural, the word “orphan” made me recall a bittersweet scene from “Mr. Saturday Night” (1992), where a 70-ish Billy Crystal, who has just lost his near-centenarian mother, asks his older brother “So… are we orphans now?”
    There’s no age limit for love or heartbreak.

    • Ken says:

      I must respectfully disagree, Gueibor. I am too old to be an orphan. But I am with you on the lack of an age limit for love and heartbreak. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

  11. Justin says:

    Somebody made a funny parody of Dad Life on youtube. It is called Son Life (Dad Life parody) go check it out, its funny.

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