Father's day makes us pause, remember and show love and appreciation for our dads.
Some of us resist the overt commercialism of it, while others of us love to buy gifts; either way most of us find it impossible to ignore. So kids everywhere, young and old, make or buy cards and plan something special. (often with a tad of help from mums and teachers.)
Do we find it as easy to make a fuss of Dad, as we do Mum? Breakfast trays adorned with a posy in a vase may not cut it for him. Though a tray with the Sunday paper might. What do dads want from their children on Father's Day? A quick verbal survey of some dads I know, varying in age, came up with these answers:
- a card with genuine expressions of why they like having me as their dad.
- real time together on the day - something we choose to do together.
- a day trip, somewhere we don’t often get to go.
- a meal out together.
- letting me show them photos of when I was a kid.
- hugs and no hassling for the whole day.
- the latest Lee Child and whiskey would be good
an undisturbed sleep-in then bacon and eggs.
Not many surprises there. Dads here mostly want to hang out with their offspring and /or have some rest. Unlike the traditional German Father's Day Hike when men hightail it into the woods, pulling a wagon laden with beer and wine. Quite a different emphasis! To be fair in Germany the day is also known simply as Men's Day.
Parenting is not something we're taught in school. It's a strange new land for all of us who take that journey and we can often need advice and especially encouragement. There is a wealth of resources for fathering right at the library. Not to mention BabyTimes and StoryTimes held weekly in our libraries.
Dads, however you choose to spend it have a very happy Father's day! We wouldn't be here without you.