He who wears the trousers

2008-06-12 00:00

Traditionally, Father’s Day is an occasion when men everywhere are presented with their tri- annual allocation of socks and underpants (Christmas and birthdays being the other two) along with a schmaltzy card imparting soppy platitudes like, “any fool can be a father, but it takes a special kind of man to be a dad”.

The older I get, helping to paint my bathroom or making a garden bench is more supportive than a mushy sentiment or a slobbery kiss — as heartless as it may sound. Anyway, in order for him to retain the ascendancy in a house full of women for over 20 years, extreme survival tactics needed to be employed as being fuzzy around the edges would not have aided his cause at all.

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