Kids don’t come with owner’s manuals, but they really should. I know, because as a single father I sure made a lot of mistakes, and I’d give anything to go back in time and undo some of them. But somehow we managed to get through it all, and though we hit some rough patches along the way, we all made it and today I have a very good relationship with both my son and daughter.
But I’m never going to win any Father of the Year award. That has to go to an e-mail friend of mine who contacted me last night to tell me he is selling his beautiful 1957 Chevrolet convertible. I’ve seen pictures of the car, which he and his brother spent over ten years restoring, and it’s incredible. If I had $50K to spend on a classic car and a place to keep it, I’d be all over that deal.
This gentleman is about my age (61) and he is not a rich man. He works for a cable TV company and the car was a longtime dream that took years of work to complete, whenever he had the time and money.
I asked him why he is selling the car, thinking that maybe he wanted to get a new toy and hoping that it wasn’t something like an illness that forced the sale. As it turns out, it is neither. He’s selling it to pay for his daughter’s wedding. I’m sorry. I love my kids, but not that much.
He told me that it’s his daughter’s second marriage, and that she had always dreamed of having a big fancy wedding but didn’t get it the first time around. So he is giving it to her now.
I have to figure that the daughter is somewhere between age 25 and 40, and probably on the upper side, so she’s not exactly a kid. In fact, he mentioned once that she has two children of her own. Call me selfish, but if I had a daughter in that age range (actually I do) who was looking at a second marriage, I would tell her that if she wanted a big fancy wedding that cost that much money, she needed to win the lottery because I wasn’t going to foot the bill! What do you think?
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