Dear Crabby, Do You Know the History Behind Father’s Day?

Dear Crabby, I know the history of how and why we celebrate Mother’s Day, but is there a story behind Father’s Day? While moms are very important, I sometimes feel we dads get overlooked. Thanks! Luke S. Dear Luke S., Great question! As you said, moms are very, very important people (I gotta stay on Mrs. Crabby’s good side). But as you also said, sometimes we dad get overlooked. I have often felt like stores spend big bucks for their Mother’s Day advertising and then treat Father’s … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Here Comes the Bride: Who Pays?

Dear Crabby, My daughter is getting married. She’s older, established in her career, and making good money. Since she’s our only daughter we’d like to help out by contributing financially. Are the parents of the bride still expected to foot the whole bill? Thanks! Monica Motb Dear Monica Motb, Boy, do I feel your pain on this one. I have one daughter and when she got married ten years ago I thought I would need to sell a kidney on the black market to pay for it! According to … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Do you recommend a wedding planner?

Dear Crabby, We're getting married this year and are just getting started with planning our wedding. I heard that many people use wedding planners these days and wondered what your experience was with that. Do you think they are worth their expense? Sincerely, Hope Fully Dear Ms. Fully, Well, in my day the wedding planner was called the bride-to-be! Mrs. Crabby planned every part of our wedding, right down to the last detail. Having a Polish Catholic background, Mrs. Crabby had over … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, How Do I Throw the Perfect Wedding

Dear Crabby, My daughter is getting married and I want to throw her the perfect wedding. Do you have any tips that can help make this happen? Sincerely, Patty Perfect Dear Mrs. Perfect, Well, we all look for that perfect day when our child walks down the aisle and we drain our life savings in order to live vicariously through our kids for one of the last times.  For me personally, I was mostly concerned that I do my best, as the father of the bride, to not show any emotional weakness … [Read more...]

Dear Crabby, Daughter Wants To Get Married, Should I Meddle?

Dear Crabby, My daughter just told me that she wants to marry her boyfriend now instead of finishing college.  Should I meddle or let her live her own life? Sincerely Sally Sayno Dear Mrs. Sayno, When I think back to all the parents who wanted to stop a marriage from happening, I realize that if the parent had succeeded I would not have any grandchildren nor would I have any children. That's right, my in-laws were not exactly doing back flips when I proposed to the missus. I didn't … [Read more...]