One of the Best Pranks Ever, Especially on Fathers Day

When I was a much younger and single man, and years before I even knew my beautiful bride Susan even existed, I had the well earned reputation of being an accomplished womanizer. In fact one colleague warned another to keep an eye on his sister when I was around because, “Dama would jump on a pile of rocks if he thought there was a snake in it.” You get the picture.
This story begins about two weeks after I had reported to Lubbock, Texas for pilot training. It was the Saturday before Fathers Day and I get a card in the mail. I open the envelope to find a Fathers Day card that was inscribed, “Dear Dad, I know we’ve never met and I’m not sure you even know about me, but Mom has told me so much about you, I feel as if I know you. I hope that someday we can meet and get to know each other. Happy Fathers Day.” No signature or return address.
I freaked out! It was only midmorning, but I went back to my quarters and had a tumbler of scotch and reread the card about a thousand times looking for any clue as to where it came from or who sent it. Needless to say, by the afternoon, I was a complete mess.
About 1:00 PM, one of my classmates (a man who would become one of my best friends in the world and a brother to me) came by. He saw that I was upset and asked what was up so I showed him the card. He read it over and asked what I was going to do. We then spent the next two hours discussing possible courses of action, each one worse than the last.
Finally, he got a twinkle in his eyes and asked, “How long have you been here?” To which I responded, “Two weeks; the same as you.” He then asked, “Who knows that you’re here.” I answered, “Just my family and a couple of friends.” Unable to suppress an ear to ear grin, he asked, “Then how did they get your address?” It took a couple of seconds for the question to sink in before I realized that I had been royally “punked.” I was so relieved that I didn’t know weather to laugh, cry or punch him in the mouth.
Looking back on it now, I wish I could say that it changed my behavior, but I was very young and believed that I was bulletproof, omnipotent and immortal, so things went right back to “operations normal.”
Eventually, I met the love of my life and today I have the happy opportunity to celebrate Fathers Day (I do so by honoring my two beautiful and accomplished children) and also Susan and my 29th wedding anniversary.
Happy Fathers Day to all fathers, both intentional and unintentional.
Have an intentionally great day.

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