Whether your Father is present or dearly departed, I feel that sometimes, Dad’s Day get’s the short end of the stick.
Okay, so how many father’s day cards have you seen with either a tie, fishing rod, some type of sport or racing car on it?
Countless right? The public are therefore stating that all Dad’s fish, race cars and play sports…. Um nope.. they’ve got it all wrong. I realize that each family will have a different experience and that times have changed due to technology, modern conveniences etc however; there can be many special talents within Dad’s (young and old) and I’m here to tell you about what I feel is important to remember, based on my personal experience’s with my Dear father.
What my father gave to me was precious and I remember each gift as if it was yesterday. It is the gift of time.
Dad had 4 children before me, so he was well versed by the time I arrived but older and a different kind of wiser. When I was growing up, we didn’t have much but there was always “time”, creativity and self-made adventures. As I get older and wiser myself, I have realised that time is definitely more precious than things. Remember one thing, you can always replace a possession but you cannot replace a time or a moment.
So, without further ado and moving on to the celebration of Father’s Day, I present my 10 ideas (a mixture of ideas for kid’s and adults):
- Go for a nice walk and spend some time just talking, catching up on life and listening to his stories
- Prepare a nice dinner of his favorite item’s (even if it’s not what you would eat)
- Make your own card by hand if you’re a kid or if you’re an adult, choose some photos sharing special moments together and showcase on a card
- Take the time and experience something new together- whether it’s an outdoor activity or a new movie
- If you’re like me and your Dad always insisted on paying for your dinner when you dined out, treat him this time
- Make something together, it could be anything from a “mud pie” if you’re a kid or something less messy as an adult that he would enjoy making
- Return the kindness and teach him something-perhaps how to do something new on the computer, if he’s technophobic (exercise patience)
- Switch off the TV and play a board game
- Adult and children alike-if he has his own car separate to mom, surprise him and wash it
- And last but not least, thank him for being there and loving you unconditionally
I would like to add that the same love and kindness applies to Father figure’s and Step-father’s and whomever you have considered to be a Dad in your life.
Thanks for reading
With love on this Father’s Day weekend