My annual "Visit My Father on Padre Island, Texas" trip will be here in a few days, and accompanying older boy and I this year, will be little Sissy.
She is pumped--a trip to the beach and her first time flying in an airplane.
Anyway, Sissy and mom have been shopping so that she can show off warm-weather fashions during the adventure.
Sissy stands in front of a full-length mirror staring at a colorful summer dress.
SISSY: Dad do you like this outfit? Mom and I bought it yesterday.
ME: You look great buddy!
She smiles and points to two other dresses on the table.
SISSY: I get to bring the pink and the blue dresses too.
ME: I am sure you'll be a big hit with all those South Texas style critics.
I exit the room and return in couple of minutes. Sissy is still looking at her clothes.
ME: Hey Sissy. What do you think?
I do a half-turn in front of the mirror, hands on my hips. Sissy looks and opens her mouth to say something, but stops; obviously confused.
SISSY: Ummmm. What do I think about "what" Dad?
ME: My outfit? I mean my shorts specifically.
I do the half-turn again highlighting the oversized khaki shorts that I am wearing with a thin belt.
SISSY: Well Dad, they look like what you regularly wear in the hot weather.
ME: No. These are special. They are my "eating pants." See I can adjust the belt to a "before and after buffet" setting.
ME: I like to think that I set fashion trends as well while away. My style is likely best referred to as "Over-the-Hill Married Guy."
Ok, so my good calorie intake on vacation is balanced by being able to take a daily morning beach run.
It does wonders to quiet my "eating" conscience.
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