Yet another admirable widowed father is Caractacus Potts, an impoverished inventor, in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. We are introduced to him via his semi-wild children after they discover an old car that they want to save from the junk yard. They are spied by a beautiful young confectionery heiress named Truly Scrumptious. (The original book was written by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame.) She brings these truants home where, despite an obvious mutual attraction, the adults have a falling out over her claims that the children should be in school rather than left to run amok.
How can I claim this guy is someone we should look to as a guide to being a good dad?
And as a result he gets to fly off with a young candy heiress named Truly Scrumptious in the end.
A version of this column appears in this month’s Village Living Magazine: