A week ago, an Utah County father taught his rebellious daughter some vital lessons on how indecent dressing sucks … by wearing short shorts to a restaurant, golfing in an amusement park, and into a stall.
But when his daughter posted the pic above on Tumblr with a twisted explanation and it became viral, Scott Mackintosh – a father of four girls and three boys – took to his blog to straighten things out.
In the lengthy article, Mackintosh describes himself as ‘a bit protective’ of his daughters. ‘Some may call me old fashion, but I call it “A Dad who loves his daughters” (and sons too),’ he writes.
He proceeded to explain fully what happened:
‘In an effort to try to spend time with just the family we reserve our Monday evenings for just that. On this particular Monday, we decided to go out to eat (something we had not done in a very long time) and made plans for after dinner to use our pass-of-all passes to go miniature golfing at Trafalga, a nearby “fun center”. I heard my wife ask our daughter if she would please change into some longer shorts before leaving. She said “NO!” Instead of turning her response and disrespectful attitude into a major battle, I decided to make a “small” statement on how her short-shorts maybe aren’t as “cute” as she thinks!’
This was what he did:
‘I ran into my bedroom as the family was loading into the car. I grabbed some scissors and cut some old worn out pants into a set of short-shorts with the ends of the pockets hanging out the bottom. There was only about an inch of material below the crotch of the shorts. To add frosting to the cake, I looked down and noticed a shirt that my older daughter had given me for Father’s Day. At the time I thought “where the heck would I ever wear this?” Wow! I just found the perfect moment! I was a bit worried about going through with this, but felt that it was “OKAY” to make this statement in the privacy of our own home. I was certain that when my daughter saw me, that would be as far as it would have to go to make the point.’
When he walked to the car with the weird dressing, his children quickly looked down on their phones with shame, refusing to look him in the face even when he started a conversation with them. Later on:
‘As we were driving and nearly to the Hibachi House restaurant, I heard a camera sound. I looked to see what had just happened at the same time that my wife was being addressed by my children saying; “Why are you taking a picture of Dad?” Immediately my son said “Oh my gosh, look at dad!” My daughter then gave her disgusted look and said, “Why are you dressed like that?” followed by “Oh well, I don’t care.”’
He then took the spectacle to level after level – restaurant, amusement park, stalls – and it was at a stall that the rebellious daughter couldn’t take the shame anymore:
‘As I pulled into a stall, my daughter said, “Uh, no! We are NOT going in!” I said “Sure we are, let’s go!” “No!” She said, “Let’s go through the drive up.” We went in, but she stayed in the car. She had had enough and did not want to go through any further embarrassment.’
He then finished off the article with this conclusion:
‘There was no “Dad I get it” or “Dad you’re the best…. thanks for that awesome lesson.” ☺ I don’t think my object lesson of “modest is hottest” made the statement I had intended. But no matter if social media gets the story mixed up and twisted, my daughter will always know that her dad loves her and cares about her enough to make a fool out of himself.’