My father is an outdoorsman, and one of the sports he likes is hunting with a bow and arrow. He used to practice in his backyard, shooting arrows into a hale bale with a target pinned to it.

My daughter was two years old at the time. Her favorite Disney movie was Robin Hood, with the dashing animated fox as Robin, who never missed a shot with his bow and arrow.

She began to call my dad Robin Hood. She of course was Maid Marion. My mother wondered, if Sugarplum was Maid Marion, who was she then? Sugarplum pronounced her Lady Cluck, head lady-in-waiting.

Robin Hood stuck, and gradually became shortened to Rob. Often the first grandchild names the grandparents, and so it was with us; my sons call their grandfather Rob too. I don't think they've ever even asked why! (Fortunately my mother did not turn into Grandma Cluck. She's Grandma Toppie, but that's a whole different story.)

My children adore their Rob. He will always go for one more hike, he can identify all types of animal tracks and scat in the forest, and he will let them get wet every time. He's a cave explorer, campfire builder, master play-wrestler, toy put-togetherer, and makes a mean bowl of Cheerios for breakfast.

Dad and A

Rob and Sugarplum

Dad and M

Rob and Honey Bear

Dad and H

Rob and Shark Boy.

(Shark is blurry, but Dad's face is the story here.)

The kids have Robin Hood for a grandad. What could be cooler than that?

Happy 65th birthday Dad/Rob!

We love you.


Training a new Robin Hood.


Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

Lucky! I would LOVE to have Robin Hood as my grandfather!

Happy Birthday, Rob!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Rob! Best wishes for a wonderful year.

Thank you for sharing this about your family. I find stories of love spanning generations so heartwarming.

And I'm smiling about Grandma Toppie's name. Hope I get to hear that story sometime!)

Amo said...

That's an awesome story!

Happy B-day Rob!

Burgh Baby said...

Awww, happy birthday to Rob!

Amy said...

Thanks for the birthday wishes for my dad everyone!!

Don Mills Diva said...

Aww - he sounds wonderful....and just a bit like my dad who is a crack shot with a bow and arrow as well!

Happy birtdhay to him!

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Love this post...Happy Birthday to your dad! :)

Broccoli Cupcake said...

What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing it.

topper said...

Nothing has made Rob happier in his life than those 3 grandchildren.

Happy Birthday, Rob.

Lady Cluck

Rachel said...


Love those pictures, the story.. everything.

And Robin Hood is a HUGE family favorite here. We actually have 'oo dah lally' on our jukebox in the car ;-)

Felicia said...

Beautiful (as always) Amy! Happy (belated) birthday to Rob!

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Awwww what a beautiful post. Loved the pics, especially the expressions on "Rob's" face in all of them. Really lovely.

Thanks for sharing what a special man your dad is!

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