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You can pick him out of a crowd At Rotary Club meetings in a room full of men wearing impeccably-tailored suits my father is the guy in the Hawaiian shirt For more than twenty years Dad wore an Army uniform to work Week-ends and holidays were his only days to make a fashions statement When he retired my father ditched the BDUs and filled his closet with thirty-seven Hawaiian shirts for all occasions Hawaiian Santa in a pink convertible Easter Bunny Santa Beer-Barrel Hawaii You get the idea My mother does put her foot down when it comes to church and PTA meeting attire--NO BIKINI BABES I am no longer embarrassed by Dads wardrobe In fact it is rather helpful at times He is easy to find even at the fair Dads wardrobe is not the only thing that sets him apart from other parents His words of endearment are a little out of the ordinary Apple Strudel Wooley Weasel Dick Skunkball Skunk Cabbage and Weed to name a few To show affection my father tosses us over his shoulder and swats our behinds then drops us on the floor If we are bored he cheerfully suggests that we go play in traffic Dont get alarmed Mom used to be an Army sergeant so she is able to keep him under control Every father has toys rifles motorcycles boats tools lawn equipment fishing rods My dad has PEZ dispensers and heaven help the kid or foolish adult who touches them For nearly twenty-five years Dad has taken great delight in acquiring PEZ dispensers in every state in the nation and in several foreign countries Dads toys are of course kept carefully behind glass except when he thinks we are all asleep Then he takes them out to examine and play with them Sometimes if I listen very carefully I think I actually hear him talking to them Birds of a feather flock together they
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