A Dad Embarasses His Son with Love

Every day, for 170 days, Dale Price waved goodbye to his 16 year old son as he rode to school on the bus….while wearing a different costume. Yes, Dale dressed in 170 different costumes during the school year, everything from Elvis to the Little Mermaid. His son at first found it embarrassing, but soon he and his friends came to enjoy seeing what new costume his dad would step out in next. Dale says he did it out of love, “It’s a way of letting him know that we really care about him, but doing something a little different. It’s a father’s way of saying I love you,” he explained.

What do you think–is this a dad showing his love in a goofy way, or just too silly for your tastes?

Read the whole article and see some of Dale’s many costumes here. (@Deseret News)

Hat tip to Jim J. for the link.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Tank June 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm

That’s ridiculous. A better (and certainly cheaper) of saying “I love you” is actually just saying “I love you.” Making yourself the center of attention at your child’s expense isn’t saying “I love you,” it’s saying, “I love me.”

“I’m not going to reward him for this; his reward is seeing my embarrassment,” Rain said.

Sounds like a hell of a guy.

DaveKerwin June 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

I think it’s great! Something they will never forget.

Michael June 13, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Each of us have our own ways, Tank. Sometimes it’s not a matter of the other guy being “wrong,” but of us not understanding. There’s a familial closeness implied that a lot of us would have loved to have in our childhoods.

Tank June 13, 2011 at 4:46 pm

“Sometimes it’s not a matter of the other guy being ‘wrong,’ but of us not understanding.”

Sometimes. And sometimes the man who appears to be acting selfishly is, in fact, doing just that. I do not want to pretend to know what’s in the hearts and minds of others, but that’s my take on the situation.

Tanner June 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

My dad used to do this thing whenever he would come home from work to find me and my friends hanging out. He would just shout “DUUUDES!” And at first it embarrassed me but all my buddies got a kick out of it. This is what that reminds me of.

Chris June 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

Dad’s will always find a way to embarrass their sons. It’s inevitable. Some sons will find it embarrassing when their dad says “I love you.” For other boys, it’ll be when his dad dresses up as a pirate to wave goodbye.
The important thing is to make an effort to show your boys you care in whatever way that works for you.
Personally, I find the pirate approach funny as hell. I love it.

Jim June 14, 2011 at 9:36 am

I’m with Tank.

That dad needs to get a job…and/or life…..

Tad June 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I think there’s a big difference between “interested” and “interesting”. A parent should be interestED in their kids. Not be focused on “being interesting” to their friends as a way to show they like their kid.

I’d be quite interested myself to know statistics on how long he spent working out his daily show-off costumes compared to how much time he spent factually INTERESTED in what his kid was doing and needed help with.

Eric June 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

The guy’s gonna do what the guy’s gonna do. It might be showboating, but the guy is clearly the Stephen Colbert of fatherhood, not the categorical imperative.

We don’t have to agree with the guy to laugh with/at him.

ilija June 15, 2011 at 6:58 am

i think its pretty funny but a little bit close to being excessive. maybe when the kid ws younger when its more age appropriate but at 16 maybe a bit much.

still very funny

Jonathan June 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

In this age of “non-involvement” by many parents I think it’s great that the dad is showing interest in his son. Everyone will define what the behavior “is” or “is not” and none of them are “right”. My dad was killed in an accident when I was 15 and I would trade having him do any of these actions, if it meant he were still alive.

We need to relax and enjoy our children & vice versa.

JeffW36 June 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I’m kind of with Tank. My way of showing love to my son (and my daughters) is to hug them and tell them “I love you” nearly every day. I applaud the dad above for his creativity and effort, so I’m not throwing him under the bus. Just not my style.

Josh June 15, 2011 at 5:13 pm

It’s definitely not my style. But, while it’s a tad ridiculous, this guy still beats the socks off the uninvolved, affectionless dad.

Bethany June 16, 2011 at 2:13 am

During the 17th century, when trade between England and Japan became prominent, there were scholars on both sides trying to learn the language of the other. The Japanese scholars kept coming across a word they had no definition for. They studied it in it’s various contexts to try to understand it’s meaning and purpose. The Japanese language does not have the word “love” in it. The closest translation they came up with was, :”I will die for you”. I asked a friend of mine, who’s Japanese, what mother’s tell to their children, husbands and wives, or close friends tell to each other. She said that the Japanese, to this day, do not say, “I love you” or even, “I will die for you,” they know the commitment and bond they share by their actions, words, and deeds toward one another.

Andrew June 17, 2011 at 12:55 am

@Chris June 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

“Dad’s will always find a way to embarrass their sons….”

Very true.

A workmate of mine once took this a bit too far. One fine Sturday morning, my friend had just got out of the shower when the doorbell rang. Hustling to put on a robe, he ran downstairs and opened the door to three of his son’s friends. He invited them to wait in the lounge while he roused his son.

His son was always a late sleeper and it took him a while to get moving.

Some minutes later, my friend’s son came into the lounge to find his dad conversing very normally and matter-of-factly with his three rather spooked friends.

The reason they were spooked? His dad had changed out of the robe into one of his wife’s dresses.

Jim June 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

I think it’s great! If that is not your style then good for you. I believe that all teenagers are embarassed by their parents, whatever they do. I believe as the years progress this will be a story that their family will tell over and over. That is priceless! Keep up the good work Dale and don’t pay attention to grumpy people with no sense of humor.

Krissie January 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm

There is no such thing as a “goofy way” to show your love.. Kudos Dad.. Who cares what everyone else thinks. You and your son will have these memories for life. And how wonderful they are. To those who think this is “stupid” let me just say that my son has a brain tumor. Now pretend this is YOUR son.. He may not live. Will you still hesitate to SHOW your son how much you love him? Three words ” I love you” anyone can say them. Too easy. Dont tell me that you love me SHOW ME !!!

Dakota July 3, 2012 at 3:17 am

Haha I’m 16 and my Dad was 16 when i was born , I live with my Mom …. FYI irrelevant really hah . Dads real cuddly and shit . He calls me honey bunny and Infront of my friends I get embarrassed but when it’s just me , him and his wife I’m ok with it , being a 16 year old guy . He kisses me on cheek and hugs me a lot . He pushes me along with Mom to be the best I can be with academics and shit and I have a 4.0 and he spoils me . All the girls in my class and even my Ex GF reckon he’s hot hahahaha and go your Dad can hug and kiss me anywhere any day … Gross but funny . I love my Dad he’s cool as and yeah .

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