Share your favorite story of your dad and stuff ... or YOU as a dad with stuff, and you may win one of four FIRST PRIZES of a snazzy dopp kit from Dove Men+Care loaded with their latest products.
In addition, the lucky GRAND PRIZE winner will win a dopp kit AND a basketball autographed by Shaq himself!
You don't have to be a dad to win, you just need to have a dad story.
Here's the catch:
The winner of the basketball HAS to send in a picture of them PLAYING basketball with the ball. We're not in the business of creating artifacts out of sports equipment, we're in the business of more love and less stuff. Shaq didn't become Shaq by looking at a ball sitting on his shelf -- and neither will you.
So get out on the court with your dad, someone's dad, or someone who's had a dad, shoot some hoops and send us the pics to prove it.
Dove Men+Care celebrates men who are comfortable in their own skin and so do I. And part of that is knowing where stuff ends and your life begins.
To start the ball rolling, here is my favorite dad+stuff story:
My dad, Jordon Mellen, was incredibly talented. Besides making the best corned beef sandwich in Detroit, he was a master carpenter and a whiz with all kinds of mechanical devices. When I was 9 years old, he made me a Halloween costume that people are still talking about.
He started by taking a pickle barrel (remember he made the best corned beef sandwiches in town!), cleaned it, blew the bottom off of it and extended it with some brass strips, cut two holes in it for my arms, spray painted it silver, mounted a battery-operated rotating white beacon light on its top, and I became a lighthouse for the night.
The looks we got as we went door to door trick or treating were priceless. People were stunned, amused, perhaps horrified ... but they were engaged.
And for me -- I was a prop, his boy, an extension of him and the focus of his pride and achievement that evening -- and I can still feel all those things today.
Now tell us one of yours.
Tender, funny, silly, touching -- we're not looking for great writing -- although we won't turn our noses up at it. We're looking for real stories about real people and their stuff.
Your distinguished panel of judges includes blogger and author Jen Singer, the creative genius behind Mommasaid and blogger and author Jim Higley, better known as Bobblehead Dad.
You'll find the contest and its rules on a tab at my Facebook page. We encourage you to send along pictures with your entries as well. The contest will close on June 30, 2012 -- and winners will be announced by August.
Join us in celebrating dads, stories and stuff AND get a lil' something for sharing. Good luck!