It’s coming around to that time of year again – here in Australia at least: Father’s Day.
A few examples when Father’s Day happens around the world:
- USA– third Sunday in June
- Thailand– 5th December
- Canada– third Sunday in June
- Taiwan– 8th August
- United Kingdom– third Sunday in June
I’m not going to jump on the band wagon of debating how we don’t need a specific, commercially driven day to celebrate our parents or loved ones. What I am going to share are memories of our Dad; Reginald Charles George (what an awesome name!), also known as Reggie Wren (his love of Aves) and grand-dad who passed away 27 April 1992.
It seems only yesterday that dad was singing his silly songs, working on his aviary, sitting outside the shed hammering a nail into something he was repairing, or digging a hole in the amazing garden he and mum had created.
When we were kids he and mum would pack up the car on a Sunday for a day out, and when ever we asked where we were going he would say;
- Dad: ‘There and back again to see how far it is.’
- Me: ‘What if we get lost?’
- Dad: ‘We won’t get lost; we’ll just turn around and come back the way we started.’
A great metaphor for life really.
There are three things that I immediately remember when I think about dad:
- His love of birds;
- His funny sayings;
- His funny songs.
Whenever we went on road trips dad would sing his famous song that I have come to simply name the “bum song”. Years later I found out it was called “Hallelujah! I’m a Bum” and it was an American folk song about the homeless during the Great Depression it became popular. But, even to this day it will always be my ‘dad’s bum song’. Have a listen to Harry Mac’s 1928 recording.
Then there is the tradition of Dad’s funny sayings that my brothers’ and nephews’ are carrying on. For example:
- “Up in Annie’s room, behind the clock.”
- “Fits like a bum in a bucket.”
- And my all time favourite….”how’s your belly where the pig bit you?”
Now if you are wondering what the hell do those mean – check out Sunburnt Country and have a good laugh.
I would love you to share with me your amazing memories of your Dad, and if you are fortunate enough to be spending time with him, what will you be sharing with him on Dad’s Day.
What will I be doing on Dad’s Day? I’ll be hitting the frog ‘n toad heading there and back to see how far it is, ‘aving a dog’s eye and dead ‘orse.
Have a rip snorter week! See ya round like a rissole!.