Dad Tales 2 (and 3)

One of the Christmas traditions in our house was a trip to the cinema as a family on Boxing Day.
It was the only day of the year that Dad would get on a bus and be prepared to queue for whatever film was popular at the time.

The two films in this post are Digby, The Biggest Dog in the World (1973) and Jaws (1975).

digbyWhen we piled in to see Digby, there was a raffle or competition on to win one of ten Digby stuffed toys . The film starred Fernville Lord Digby in the title role. Digby was then the reigning Dulux Old English Sheepdog , the company having used the breed since 1961 in their advertisements (source WIKI).
My Dad handed over his fifty pence for a ticket, and jokingly asked when he could pick up his prize.
The girl was suffering from an horrendous cold, and her sense of humour was probably in the bin along with her snotty tissues, so she tried to explain that Dad wasn’t automatically a winner and he would have to wait and see if he had a lucky ticket.
Keeping a perfectly straight face, Dad said that was OK, he understood she didn’t have one to hand, so he’d collect it next week.

Two years later, five of us joined the ranks to see the first Jaws film on its day of release, which just happened to be Boxing Day 1975.
In those days, there were usually two films for your money, and if you joined the show halfway through, you could stay for the entire performance as it looped. Today of course it’s different, as your seat is allocated by ticket and the cinema is cleared after every showing.
When we arrived, we were shown to five seats in the back row of the first stalls, which had a solid partition behind them. This is important to remember as my story progresses.
Two young girls came in and took some seats directly in front of us.
From their conversation, they were very anxious as to the content of the movie as they were squeamish and didn’t like a lot of blood and guts (why they’d come then was a mystery as that was part of the ‘attraction’).
Dad leaned forward and said in a hushed tone that they were not to worry, it was only a rubber fish and they’d be able to see the wires.
Now I would think there are very few people out there who have NOT seen the film (imo the book was way better anyway), so you will know the part I’m talking about.
Yep, the bit where the bloated face appears in the hole in the side of a sunken boat, and the entire audience pulled their heads back in surprise.
Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang! Bang!
Mum, Dad, Sis, her fiance and I all hit our heads as we reacted the same as everyone else.
Dad hadn’t seen that bit coming!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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