There comes a time when every father has to deal with his daughter dating, but that day came a little too soon for Jep Robertson.
“I have some news,” wife Jessica nervously told Jep. “Lily has her first boyfriend. They call it boyfriend [but it’s] cute and innocent.”
A shocked Jep said, “Jess, she's 11-years-old.”
“I imagined my daughters would start dating from around 30-35 years of age. There should be a height limit. She should be at least 5 feet 8 inches before she goes on a date.”
Jep’s wishes for his daughter to steer clear of boys for many years to come were foiled. Jessica had already scheduled a play date for the new couple to enjoy mini golf together.
“We’re going to chaperone,” said Jep after remaining unconvinced that a “play date” wasn’t a “date.”
When Lily’s “date” showed up, Jep was somewhat relieved to see that he was “nerdy.”
“I can see through those glasses and your Bieber haircut,” he quipped.
In the meantime, Willie agreed to help fund Mountain Man’s truck giveaway competition for his radio show but only after some firm words from his wife Korie.
“Now don't get me wrong -- I love supporting my community,” Willie said. “Money is no object when it comes to old friends and good causes. Is Mountain Man's radio show a good cause? Jury's still out on that.”
“Willie, where's your check book?” Korie asked and Willie reluctantly handed Mountain Man a $20 bill.
When it was time for the competition, Jase and Uncle Si tagged along with Willie to see the turnout Mountain Man promised. When they arrived, they discovered they were the only ones to show.
“You have a radio show?” a confused Si asked.
“Si, you’ve been on his radio show,” Willie informed his uncle.
“No I haven’t.” Yes he has.
Not only were the three Robertsons the only to show up, the prize had turned from a truck to a woodchipper.
“You can use it as a paper shredder, meat grinder, blender, can opener, garbage disposal, a juicer, and hey those things are big these days,” an excited Si said. “In war time, you can turn it into a torture chamber. During peace time, when everything is good, turn it into a play-doh maker. I'm in the market for all of those things.”
It was on between Si and Willie. The last man touching the woodchipper would go home with the machine that Willie’s initial $20 paid for.
A confident Willie believed he would win because Si “can’t go 15 minutes without having to pee.” But Si claimed to have held it in for three days in Vietnam. Even beardless brother Alan turned up to watch the pair duke it out.
It wasn’t long before the burrito Willie had eaten before the competition started to take its toll.
Korie and Sadie showed up with nourishment for the boys and Korie asked Mountain Man to let Willie take a bathroom break. It was then that Jase threw a football at his brother who instinctively went to catch it and was out of the competition leaving a very happy and triumphant Si with the woodchipper.
“Learning to let go is one of the hardest lessons to learn in life,” Willie said over the traditional Robertson family dinner. “Whether its letting go of being the most important man in your daughter's life, or letting go of good money Mountain Man blew on a woodchipper, the only way we make room for new experiences is by giving in to changes we may not be all that comfortable with. Sometimes the things you thought weren't going to be all that rest turn out to be the best surprises of all.”