Saturday, June 20, 2015

Saturday 9: Daddy's Little Man

Saturday 9: Daddy's Little Man (1969)

... because it's Father's Day weekend
 Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This song is about an afternoon visit between a father and son. What are your plans for Saturday afternoon?

A.  Don't have any. Plan to rest up and maybe if I'm lucky my husband will take me out to dinner. If not, I will fix us a salad.

2) The lyrics talks about enjoying an ice cream cone. Do you have any ice cream in your freezer right now?

A. I have frozen yogurt. Does that count?

3) Sam's father hates it when she swears. When is the last time you cursed?

A. This morning. I stepped down on my foot that the day before had received a steroid shot and said a few choice words at the pain. Takes those shots a few days to settle in.

4) In a recent ranking of movie dads, Mufasa (Lion King) and Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird) got very high marks. Who is your favorite movie or TV father?

A. Obi Wan Kenobi, although he was a mentor, not a father. Gandalf the Grey also was not a father but he was a great mentor. I don't believe you actually have to shoot out the sperm to be a dad.

5) Sam's own father often traveled for business, and always remembered to bring her the little complimentary soaps, shampoos or body lotion he got from the hotel. When you take a trip, do you bring back souvenirs?

A.  I like to buy postcards of places we've visited, but generally hotel soaps are smelly and I only use unscented products. So I leave them for someone else.

6) Back when Sam was in high school, it was her father who gave her driving lessons. Who taught you how to drive?

A. A groping coach at the high school. We had "driver's ed" as a course way back then, and we all rotated through it when we hit 15. The coach was well-known for putting his hands on girls legs whilst they were driving, the ol' leech.

7) Sam's own father is easy to buy for: every year he wants a new pair of loafers, so every year for Father's Day she gives him a DSW gift card. Would you rather receive a gift that someone chose, even though it might not be just right, or do you prefer a gift card or cash so you can get exactly what you want?

A. I don't really care, so long as somebody remembers me. Although in these days of having too much stuff, I suppose cash might be the preferable thing. I could use it toward a vacation or something.

8) For family barbecues, Sam's dad dons his "Kiss the Chef" apron and mans the Weber. What's the last thing you cooked on the grill?

A. Hot dogs.

9) Sam's father satisfies his afternoon sugar craving with an almost endless stream of Butter Rum Lifesavers. When you crave a snack, do you usually want something sweet or salty?

A. I always want chocolate. But sometimes chips or pretzels do the deed.


Today is my mother's birthday. She would have been 71 years old, but she died 15 years ago at the age of 56 - just four years older than I am now. Time does make it easier and changes the way we look at things, especially in retrospect, but a woman wonders what might have been.


  1. I can only imagine the pain in the foot after the steroid shot! Have a great week!

  2. Such poignant words about your mother.

    I bet you'll be the only Sat 9er who uses the phrase "shoot the sperm" this morning. ;)

  3. What a dirty old git, your driving coach sounded! He would be taking my next lesson with broken fingers - had I the capability to learn in the first place of course!

  4. There is usualy ice cream in my freezer. When traveling, I will often buy post cards or magnets, esp if it is difficult to get pics, or pics are not allowed.


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