Father’s Day Reflections: Meet the Dads of Goulet Pens

Happy Father’s Day! While we are a young company here at Goulet, we still have several fathers on the team that we want to celebrate. All of their kids are under 10, but fatherly wisdom and dad jokes start early! We hope they (and all the dads out there!) have a fantastic day.

Drew, Customer Care Manager


How long have you been a father and what is your child’s name?
I’ve been a father since February 12 of last year (16 months). My son’s name is Archer.

What is your favorite part about being a father?
I think my favorite part about being a Father would be the bond that a baby brings to your marriage. I’ve been with my wife for 10 years, and Archer is a result of the love and dedication that we’ve been building all this time. He’s representative of a whole lot – every time I see him, I’m reminded of how amazing our love is and the amazing things we can accomplish. The crazy thing is that even after a decade, this is just the beginning.


What’s your favorite dad joke?
They have to be spur of the moment!

What is the funniest thing your child has done?
There was one time where a friend joked about Shannon (my wife) being pregnant again, and before either of us could make a “heck no!” remark, Archer inexplicably screamed. It was perfect – he started cracking up at himself as though he knew he was going to be a one-and-done baby. Also laughing at his own farts.

What Goulet items would you recommend to father’s out there?
Bulb syringes. Ha! Midori Traveler’s notebook. For special moments with your child. Or as a kayak diary.

Brandon, Fulfillment Specialist

How long have you been a father and what is your child’s name?
I’ve been a father for seven months, but I’ve known Nicole for five years. My wife and I got married in November so now I’m a step-father. Nicole is 8.


What is your favorite part about being a father?
Interacting with her. Playing games and teaching her about life.


What’s your favorite dad joke?
Nicole likes the “Made you look” game. I’ll do it and then she’ll do it right after. She doesn’t realize that you have to wait. Haha!

What is the funniest thing your child has done?
One time, our cat Roxy, she likes to fetch
balls. Nicole threw a rubber ball and it got stuck in the door well. It was
really funny. Maybe you had to be there…

What Goulet items would you recommend to father’s out there?

I love my Lamy Al-Star. It’s simple and even if you aren’t a
writing enthusiast, it’s a great starter pen.

Randall, Assistant Fulfillment Manager


How long have you been a father and what is your child’s name?
I have been a father for 8 months and her name is Sophie Renee.


What is your favorite part about being a father?
I would say my favorite part of being a father is seeing her smile.

What’s your favorite dad joke?
I don’t have a favorite joke but, I would say that I love playing peek-a-boo with her.

What is the funniest thing your child has done?
To me the funniest thing she has done is play music with measuring cups, because she is finally understanding that she can make noise.


What Goulet items would you recommend to father’s out there?
I would recommend a simple pen and notebook just so that they can jot notes down each day to help remember what is happening. It is fun to look back and see when she crawled first or started to talk.

Christian, Inventory Control Analyst


How long have you been a father and what is your child’s name?
Been a Dad for 5 months, 24 days.  My daughter’s name is Norah Lynn.

What is your favorite part about being a father?
Getting to “talk” and play with her.  Allows me to be a kid with her.

What’s your favorite dad joke?
How do you make a Kleenex dance? Put a little boogie in it!

What is the funniest thing your child has done?
Funniest thing she has done is gasp and kick her legs in excitement when you walk in her room in the morning.  It’s hilarious to watch her get so worked up because we are there.

What Goulet items would you recommend to father’s out there?
You got to organize your life and keep your “honey-do” lists straight, so I would recommend, the Midori lineup or a Leuchtturm Jottbook.

Jeremy, Order Processing Specialist

How long have you been a father and what are your children’s names?
I’ve been a father for four years. Ella and Noah are my kids.


What is your favorite part about being a father?
Watching them learn and grow and do new things.  Noah started walking on his 1st birthday. On the day I got home from work, he took his first steps.

What’s your favorite dad joke?
Why did the elephant paint her toenails red? So she could hide in the strawberry patch.


What is the funniest thing your child has done?
Ella told our neighbors that my wife and I are cousins. She didn’t understand family relationships. Also any time I wear a shirt she likes she tells me that I looked adorable.


What Goulet items would you recommend to father’s out there? 
TWSBI Vac 700. Because of the ink capacity. Who has time to constantly put ink in their pen?? Ink cartridges in a Jinhao with a Goulet nib is quick and easy, too.

Adam, Fulfillment Manager

How long have you been a father and what is your child’s name?
I have only been a Dad for about 3 months now. My son’s name is Hudson Xavier.

What is your favorite part about being a father?
My favorite part about being a dad is singing and playing the guitar for him and exposing him to new music. He has listened to Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Vivaldi, Barber, Radiohead, Queen, Pink Floyd and various other 90’s alternative rock and classic rock bands. It’s fun to see him respond to music. The worst is going to be sharing my Lego’s. That’s gonna be tough.

What’s your favorite dad joke?
I don’t know any Dad jokes yet. Sorry. Ask me again next year.

What is the funniest thing your child has done?
The funniest things my kid has done is not sleep for the first few weeks of his life. That was hilarious.

What Goulet items would you recommend to father’s out there? 
I am a big fan of the Monteverde Invincia line of pens. Those pens are nice and heavy, and I like the feeling of a nice strong pen in my hand. I use my Nighthawk more than any other pen. I keep it inked up with Rohrer and Klingner Cassia and I always use a stub nib. If you’re someone who doesn’t have great handwriting, a good stub nib will just add a bit of sophistication to your cursive with no effort whatsoever on your part. The Nighthawk I keep in my office, but my daily carry pens are my silver Jinhao with a Goulet 1.5 nib, and my extra-fine yellow vanishing point. I keep Mahatma Gandhi in my Vanishing Point, and I swap out colors in my Jinhao constantly. It’s my test pen. When one color is used up, I try a new one that I’ve never used before.

I would also highly recommend a Midori passport size travelers notebook. I was lucky enough to pick up one of the limited edition traveler’s star notebooks. I keep lined paper for grocery lists, and my honey-do list. I use it as a planner, for doodling, and you can by the zipper pocket and card file for photos of your kids to pull out every once and a while. The really nice thing about this book is that when I have filled up one refill, I can take it out and save it for my son to look through later as he learns to read. That’s a big part of the reason I bought it. It was intended to keep as a journal that I would file away for my wife to read when we got into or golden years, but now my son will receive the same benefit.

Brian Goulet, Co-Owner and CEO


How long have you been a father and what are your children’s names?
My son Joseph is 5 and my daughter Ellie is 3.

What is your favorite part about being a father?
My silly answer is that I love dad jokes. I’m pretty corny at heart, and having young kids to laugh at my groaner jokes is just the best. I’m a hero to them no matter what I do (at least at this age!). My more serious answer is that I know that God created me to be a father and I have felt no greater sense of fulfillment in my life than to lead my family well.


What’s your favorite dad joke?
Haha, yes, I did have some influence in our asking this question to our company dads 🙂 There are so…many…good dad jokes out there, but the one most meaningful to me is actually the first joke that my son learned when he was about three years old. He heard Percy tell it to Thomas the Tank Engine and for about 6 months he’d literally fall on the floor laughing at himself each time he told it, “What does a snowman eat for breakfast? Snowflakes!”

What is the funniest thing your child has done?
My daughter is an endless stream of cuteness and joy, she regularly wears tutus and neon garments of one kind or another. Pretty much just watching her being three years old is entertaining. My son’s a little more reserved, though he says spontaneously profound statements that totally blindside us! One of the best ones was where Rachel and I were discussing some challenges we were facing with our leadership and communication (like communication’s ever an issue with a group of 30 people, right?). Joseph was 4 and we didn’t suspect he was even listening to anything we were talking about when he comes out with, “…Mommy, people just need to know themselves.” He then proceeded to blow bubbles in his milk and giggle as they touched his nose.


What Goulet items would you recommend to father’s out there?
For a nice pen, consider pooling together with your other family members and get a Lamy 2000 or matte black Pilot Vanishing Point. Trust me, if your dad’s like me he  would rather have one nice pen than three ties, a new battery for his power drill, and an electric razor. For a gift that keeps on giving, I’d say look at the Goulet Pen Tuning Set, so your dad can tinker with some of his old, fussy nibs and get a little geek-out time to himself with his pens.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about the dads of Goulet Pens.

Happy Father’s Day!

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T13:49:39+00:00 June 21st, 2015|A Goulet Life|18 Comments
  • Anzan Hoshin Roshi

    Check the font size for Brandon's recommendation.

  • Anzan Hoshin Roshi

    Also, the link to the tuning set goes to the Lamys.

  • Madigan

    Thanks for the heads up! Fixed it now. 🙂

  • Freddy

    Such happy looking families. And fountain pen talk, too! Sometimes things are just perfect. 😉

    However, any chance you could correct this sentence in Brandon's post? The error is glaring. 🙁 "One time, our cat Roxy, she likes to fetch balls. Nicole through a rubber ball and it got stuck in the door well. It was really funny." (I think "threw" was meant, not "through.")

  • Tom Johnson

    This Father's Day special is a great idea. Some of my earliest memories (going well back into the past millennium) was spending time with my father, especially weekends when he did not have to work. Many Saturdays he would take my brother and I on morning walks around our neighborhood and we would talk about all kinds of things. Where does thunder come from? What is that plant? Such warm and special memories. By the time I was 7 I could tell poison ivy whenever I saw it. Playing catch, batting a baseball, throwing a spiral pass with a football, hunting for arrowheads, roaming all over our grandfather's farm, walks through the woods. All of you are building up wonderful memories for your kids that will last their lifetime. Happy Father's Day to all of you.

  • Marta

    What a tender and sweet tribute to Father's Day as well as honoring the dads in your realm. It warmed my heart and brought a smile and chuckle or two. It is fun to see pics of the kids too. 🙂

  • Fr James K. Graham

    My father was born in 1916 and died in 1992. I have his Parker 51 from the late 1940s. I haven't used it much lately–it was last worked on in about 1990–but it was smooth, and I treasure it and the memories it calls up.

  • Madigan

    Thanks Freddy! Glad you enjoyed the read. 🙂

  • Madigan

    Hi Tom! It sounds like your dad was a great guy. Saturday morning walks sound like a great family tradition. Thanks for sharing your happy memories! 🙂

  • Madigan

    Hi Marta! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to put together. 🙂

  • Madigan

    Hi Fr James! That is such a special gift. You are lucky to have something so personal to remind you of your father. 🙂

  • Tom Johnson

    I just remembered a Dad joke from many years ago! Visiting my brother and his wife and their first son, we were eating dinner in a restaurant. Brian was about 4 or 5. He looked at me so very seriously, pinched his left and right cheeks and pulled outward. Without cracking up or smiling he said seriously "Waiter, can I have another fork please?" It cracked me up and still does when I remember it.

  • Dinah Henderson

    Boy! I loved these….the reading of daddy experiences and the photos! So nice to see the photos!

  • BryanNZ

    As a Father of 5 (now adult) daughters, the best jokes apart from eye rolling puns, were What do you call a train carrying bubblegum – a choo choo train, and What did the frog say as he jumped over the books – readit readit.

  • Christine

    Thank you for sharing all of these stories and pictures. 😀 It was lovely to read them all.

  • CaptElaine

    What a great group of Dads at Goulet… thanks for sharing your stories and you children with us.

  • Otter

    That was a beautiful post. Hope all the dads had a great Father's Day!

  • Mike Winn

    Thanks for sharing these personal thoughts with us. I really love fountain pens – especially with a smooth stub nib – but my father was a lefty and stuck with pencils most of the time. (He was analytical and explained the physics of why public pens on chains in, say, banks had their nibs worn at an angle by "righties" which made them virtually unusable for "lefties".) He preferred ink, though, and was thrilled when ballpoint pens came out. (Sorry, purists, but they were very liberating for lefties.) When I left home to bum around Europe in 1964, he gave me a parting gift of 100 ballpoint pens in a bag, telling me to give them away and make friends wherever I went. Good memories of a thoughtful and loving dad!