A Hard Father’s Day’s Night

“Oh, crap!” I heard my wife laugh.

That morning, my son had capitalized on my wife’s just-slightly-ajar shirt drawer and had cordially unpacked it for her, so she was now reorganizing while I played zone defense in the living room as two tiny wide receivers ran circles around me.

“What’s up?” I called.

She joined us, waving a book in the air. “So I bought you this for your birthday months ago and hid it at the bottom of my drawer, but I forgot it was there until just now.”

A Hard Day's WriteIt only took a glance for me to recognize it–Steve Turner’s A Hard Day’s Write, a book detailing the stories behind every single Beatles song. As an obsessive Beatles fan, I’ve have been salivating over it for years, as it is counted among the finest of Fab Four lore. But that’s not the only reason I recognized it.

“Okay, I have a confession,” I chuckled. I found it about a week ago when I was putting laundry away. I figured you’d gotten it for me for Father’s Day.”

She looked down at the book, then back at me, and thought for a moment.

I could have sworn I heard the Final Jeopardy deliberation song playing somewhere off in the distance.

And then suddenly, loudly, and regally, she presented me with my prize.

“…Happy Father’s Day!”


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If not, go hide in a drawer for a few months.


  1. lovethebadguy

    Clearly, she planned to give it to you as a Father’s Day present all along. She knew that you’d found the book, and merely wished to see if you’d be honest about it. ;)


  2. deborah l quinn

    Wow. Tiny football players, a smart wife, AND a Beatles book? Some fathers are lucky to get only hand-made cards from their kids. Hypothetically speaking of course. My husband got, like, a new car, and sex in the backseat.


    • John Pseudonymous

      I’d hypothetically be okay with the same. My wife reads these comments, so, Babe–here are some hints for next year. The added bonus is that you won’t forget there’s a new car (or sex) hidden in your shirt drawer.


    • John Pseudonymous

      Yeah, I’m really enjoying it so far. I rarely have time for pleasure reading with all the textbooks and academic journals I stare at, but I find lately I just need a break from the nerdery, and this has been great for that.


    • John Pseudonymous

      Yep. Forever and always, for Father’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, two special tokens from the little people. Good stuff. Here’s hoping the gifts increase in quality over the years. ;)


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