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With this year's Father's Day approaching, it's occurred to me that this country is missing a holiday. Stepfather's Day.

If anyone deserves a special day, it's these brave souls who've had to carve out a place for themselves in ready-made families with the care and caution of a neurosurgeon. That's why we have a Bobber's Day in our family. It's our own version of Stepfather's Day, named after Bob the stepfather. Here's why we celebrate it.

 


The Bobber has just moved in.

"If you do anything to hurt my mother, I could put you in the hospital, you know," says the college boy, who is far bigger than the stepfather.

"I'll keep that in mind," says the Bobber.

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  • "You're not going to start telling me what do," says the junior high school boy. "You aren't my father."

    "I'll keep that in mind," says the Bobber.


    The college boy is on the phone. His car has broken down 45 miles from home.

    "I'll be right there," says the Bobber.


    The vice principal is on the phone. The junior high school boy has been in a fight.

    "I'll be right there," says the Bobber.


    "I need a tie to go with this shirt," says the college boy.

    "Pick one out of my closet," says the Bobber.

    "I need a jacket to go with this tie," says the boy.

    "Pick one out of my closet," says the Bobber.

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  • Everything I Need to Know ...I Learned From My Kids!

  • Jean Fitzpatrick on Fathers and Spirituality


  • "You need to get your ear pierced," says the junior high school boy.

    "You need to stop burping at the table," says the Bobber.

    "I'll try," says the boy.

    "I'll think about it," says the Bobber.


    "What did you think of my date last night?" asks the college boy.

    "Does it make a difference?" asks the Bobber.

    "Yes," says the boy.


    "I need to talk to you," says the junior high school boy.

    "I need to talk to you," says the Bobber.


    "We should have a stepfather-stepson bonding experience," says the college boy.

    "Doing what?" asks the Bobber.

    "Changing the oil in my car," says the boy.

    "I knew it," says the Bobber.


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