IN CASE you haven't been to the shop lately and noticed the overabundance of BBQ equipment, ties, useless gadgets and tools on display, this Sunday is Father's Day.
The day we celebrate how truly amazing our dads are!
And they really are wonderful too.
They kill spiders for us; take us on adventures and work hard to provide for their family, but most of all they have the best sense of humour. …Even if they are the only one who thinks they're funny.
I'm not sure where the "dad joke" actually hailed from in the first place, but I have a sneaking suspicion that with fatherhood, there is some kind of detailed dad joke instruction book that is passed down from generation to generation.
While we mums are reading books on what to expect when you are expecting, dads are secretly studying this sacred piece of literature to prepare his child for a life full of bad jokes and eye rolling.
"Dadisms", as I like to call them.
Not to be confused of course with the similarly spelled "dadaism", an avant-garde art movement from the early 20th century that has nothing to do with dads whatsoever, other than the fact that it looks funny.
My dad was (and still is) full of them!
"I'm not sleeping, I'm just resting my eyes."
This was one my dad often used when my family had Saturday night movie nights.
"Dad, I've got something in my eye" . . .
"Yes, an eyeball," would be his immediate response.
He also thinks it's hilarious to drive through the McDonald's drive-through and ask for a chocolate "Saturday".
This was pretty funny the first couple of trips, but it continues to make him laugh every time.
And I'm sure my dad's not the only one who can turn anything you say, or do into a song!
You couldn't eat a lollipop without him breaking out into song.
I also had a friend named Jolene when I was a teenager and am quite sure she had never heard anyone sing Dolly Parton to her as much as my father did....every time he saw her.
"Why would you want to go out for dinner when mum makes such beautiful meals like this every night?"
No, this not just a line from the movie The Castle but something I remember hearing my dad say frequently.
In fact there are so many similarities between my dad and Darryl Kerrigan that my siblings and I fell off our chairs with laughter when we first watched it.
We even had a "pool room" with a shelf on which dad would proudly display our gifts and awards.
It came complete with a wonky pool table, in a home that backed onto a row of powerlines. And he was proud as punch when it came to any kind of accomplishment we made. Not matter how big or small it was!
And last but not least who could forget the all time classic dadism, "pull my finger". This one is also often used by uncles and grandfathers and seemed to get less funny the older I got.
Yep, my dad (like so many others out there) has no idea where the line is between funny and inappropriate. But I still love him!
Happy Father's Day for Sunday, dad!
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