My name, Karin, was pretty common when I was growing up...just not the spelling. Unless you are of German heritage like I am. So, I have spent my entire life answering the question, "What is your name"?... With, "Karin...with an "i"! Who knew it would come in handy all these years later when I went to name my blog.

Friday, June 24, 2011

It's Father's Day Weekend for Me

Hi Everyone,

This coming weekend we are celebrating Father's Day.  Last weekend was my niece's graduation party, and I knew I would be in a coma from prep and small talk, so we're a week late with the holiday.

Now, English is my father's second language, so I do give him some slack.  However, he's been here since the 50's, so there really is no excuse for this blatant grammatical baloney.

So to celebrate our Father's Day, here are my favorite DAD-ism's from this week:

We are on our daily walk, reaching the top of an incline, when he says to me, " I really feel like I'm expiring!"

Me: Are you ok? (Thinking his heart is racing, and he's going to keel over) What exactly is wrong?

Dad: Well, it's so warm.  I don't think I should have worn an undershirt.

Knowing it will do no good, I explain the difference between perspire and expire.


We are discussing the heat when he says, " That's why so many people in Mexico eat at 10:00 at night.  It's just too hot to cook dinner before then. 

Me: Yes.  Lots of people eat later than we do.

Dad: Yeah, and that's why they have fiesta's during the day.

Again, I explain the difference between siesta and fiesta, knowing it will do no good.


We see this tiny little frog/toad hop in front of us on our walk. 

Dad: I've never seen one so small.

Me: Well, I used to see tiny ones in Florida as a kid, when we went to visit Ricky.  Sandy and I would catch them and little tadpoles at the lake.  Thank God I did that then, because I wouldn't go near them now.  So gross.

Dad: Well, didn't you have to ingest them during science class in school?

Yet again, knowing it will do no good, I explain the difference between dissect and ingest.

It was a banner week for Dad-ism's for me.  If I could write, I would write a book.  However, as Pam from Amber Ink told me, this topic has already been covered in a book named Bleep My Dad Says.  Not nearly as good as my walks with dear old dad ;)

Have a great weekend!


Monica Hunter said...

This is so funny Karin! My dad is known for mixing things up as well, and English IS his first language! Some of my favorites: Going down a highway, he'll make note of litter in the "medium"; describing a baseball game, he'll say something happened in the seventh "ending"; he kept saying he needed to go to the doctor for his "rotor cup" (rotator cuff); people who escaped Russia during the cold war "deflected"; things get him very "flustrated" ... well, I could go on and on. I'm just curious what weird things I do that my kids will laugh about in the future! LOL

pinky said...

Your dad sounds like a wonderful character Karin, and yes you should write a book or as you Dad might say right a book lol. I think I am getting a bit like that now too lol.

Angelica said...

Hola!!! Karin

I love " Dad-ism's" are so funny =).
Karin you are so lucky.. I would like to share my daily walk with my dad.
May be You should write a journal of " Dad-ism's" =)

Amanda R said...

Too funny Karin! So glad you get to spend so much time with your dad, love mine too and have to laugh at him on a regular basis too but wouldn't trade him for the world.

TannyP said...

HAHAHAHAHA! I love it =)

Stephanie said...

How funny Karen! Makes me think of how my dad always says kitchen catticitore instead of chicken. Enjoy your weekend!

Ida said...

Oh my those "Dad-isms" were funny.
My daughter is like that. When she was younger she always got things mixed up. My three all time favorites were:
They made us listen to Oprah at school today - She meant: Opera
I had to give an Oreo report at school today -
She meant: Oral
And our #1 favorite at the dinner table one night: That pitcher has a lot of Constipation on it - She meant: Condensation!

Thanks for sharing your funny dad story.

Anonymous said...

Lovely post about your Dad. I wanted to let you know you are a winner at SAS4Kids!


come see and send me an email to collect your prize.

Karen SAS4Kids

Karin said...

Hello Karin,
I love your comment about your Dad. I can imagine how it is having a conversation with your Dad. I had a aunt (German origine)living in Buffalo and when she came over to visit us, she spoke German with an American accent and English with an German accent.
And if she did not knew a word she simply said it in the other language.
I hope you can have long years of conversations with your Dad. You always will remember those beautiful moments (words).
Hugs from Belgium

Amberbop said...

Oh my, how I loved this post. It reminded me of my Dad. Last week he said, "Can you help me get on Spacebook?" "You mean Facebook?" "Yes, Spacebook."

Have an afternoon Fiesta, and dissect some tacos or something yummy when you wake up :)
love ya!

Cheryl said...

Thank you for sharing! You gave me a chuckle!

My dad has his own set of "dadisms" and he doesn't even have the excuse of English is his second language. I know he does to see if he can get a rise out of me, I see the little twinkle in his eye that tells me he is joking.

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