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Dad Raises the Bar for Embarrassing Our Offspring

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Dad Raises the Bar for Embarrassing Our Offspring

Wow.  And I thought it was embarrassing when my dad videotaped me leaving the house with my prom date — and he tripped and fell into the bushes.

At least he wasn’t wearing a wedding gown or Princess Leia costume, unlike a Utah dad who decided to wave good-bye to his teenage son on the school bus every morning while, um, wearing a crazy get-up.  Of course.

“When he did it the first day I was in shock,” Rain Price said. “It’s my first day of sophomore year. . . You don’t want to see your dad dressing up in a wedding dress, waving at you on the bus.”

Well, certainly not with those flip-flops.  Dad could have at least thrown on a pair of complementary white ballet slippers.  Geesh.

But Daddy Dale Price didn’t have time to think about proper bridal footwear, not with the important challenge of finding a different get-up every day.

“No recycling of costumes, that’s the rule,” Dale said. “I managed to adhere to that and for better for worse, we have some interesting costumes.”

Dale admits it did take a lot of effort to keep it up, but he believes the crusade was worthwhile.

“It’s a way of letting him know that we really care about him, but do something a little different,” he said. “It’s a father’s way of (saying I love you).”

Because hugs are so 2009.

“I hope this lives with him for the rest of his life,” Dale said. “He can use it against his kids and tell them, ‘If you think you are embarrassed by me, you should have seen your grandfather.’ That sort of thing.”

Can only imagine what Dale will do to top himself when Price starts bringing girls home — one-man performances of The Real Housewives of Orange County, perhaps?

To see all 170 costumes Dale wore while waving at the bus, check out the family blog.

Candy Kirby is the founder of The Laughing Stork and a professional fun-maker who will never stop chasing her lifelong dream: to find the Pomeranian or porn star after whom her parents must have named her. A humor columnist for Disney, Nickelodeon, Scary Mommy, Reductress and Redbook, she also used to be a staff writer for the soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, where she penned many scripts featuring prolonged heated stares and countless “Who’s the Daddy?” story lines. Candy lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young kids and three rescue Persian cats, the latter of whom are the real brains behind this operation (so send all complaints to them).

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