Eric Douglas: Dad Jokes are Father's Day

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I’m approaching Father’s Day with a new perspective.

I remember graduating high school, preparing for college, working a job and running around with my friends. I didn’t think about how my parents felt. I likely assumed they were happy to have me out of the house, if it ever crossed my mind at all.

Now, I’ve come full circle. My own daughters are growing up: working, graduating and preparing to move into the next phase of their lives. And I don’t see them as much.

First off, this is not a criticism. I fully support what they are doing and realize they are growing up. But I am coming to a better understanding of what my own parents went through.

Father’s Day is this weekend. Most of the fathers I know aren’t looking for presents or too much fanfare. Most of us just want a call, a hug or whatever works in your family. Much more than that and we get self-conscious.

I said the same thing about Mother’s Day, but if your father isn’t alive any longer, a few tears are fine. There should also be laughs about corny jokes or family vacations that didn’t turn out exactly as planned.

Personally, I really love the “Dad Jokes” commercials from the Ad Council. I’ve heard them on radio, but there are television versions, too.

I know that because I Googled it and found a bunch of YouTube videos. Can’t say I have a favorite, but I have laughed out loud at many of them. And I’ve thought to myself, if my girls were younger, I would totally steal that …

The Ad Council created them because:

“…86% of dads spend more time with their children today than their own fathers did with them. However, a majority of dads (seven out of 10) also reported that they could use tips on how to be a better parent.”

I’m sure both of those points are true, although I’m also sure a lot of that comes from the insecurity of being a parent. Despite all the books on the subject, you still don’t get a user’s manual with a new baby.

Most fathers are just doing the best they can, and that’s OK. So, don’t forget to give your old man a call this Sunday if you can. Like I said, that’ll be enough.

Speaking of Dad Jokes, email me your best (but please don’t plagiarize the ones from the Ad Council) and I’ll dedicate a future column to them. These can be your own jokes or jokes you remember your dad telling. My email address is below.

Eric Douglas, of Pinch, is the author of “Return to Cayman,” “Heart of the Maya,” “Cayman Cowboys,” “River Town” and other novels. He is also a columnist for Scuba Diving Magazine and a former Charleston Newspapers Metro staff writer. For more information, visit or contact him at

Funerals for Monday, October 21, 2019

Good, Lawrence - 2 p.m., procession to leave Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Janney, Paul - 1 p.m., Culloden Cemetery, Culloden.

Jarrett, Myrl - Noon, Wilson-Smith Funeral Home, Clay.

Martin, Naomi - Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Piercy, Brenda - 10 a.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

Pugh, Ruth - Noon, Duffield Cemetery, Duck.

Smith, Anna - 2 p.m., Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle.

Vance, Ruby - 11 a.m., Casdorph & Curry Funeral Home, St. Albans.

Workman, Janet - 1 p.m., Gilgal United Methodist Church, Mt. Nebo.