Happy Father's Day


 This Sunday was Father's Day so Happy Father's Day to all the dads!  I've been reading, lately, about the sad state of celebration of fathers out there.  Most people go to a lot of trouble for Mother's Day, taking mom out to dinner, buying her flowers and a special gift.  Fathers don't seem to merit the same attention.  It may be just that taking mom out to dinner is more appreciated because she gets a break from all the nights she has to cook her own dinner or the fact that mothers do have a more difficult time during the pregnancy and birth of baby, but fathers seem to be getting short shrift.  The Bible compares fathers to our heavenly father.  Often absent in a child's life these days, a father is an important part of a child's upbringing.  Divorce most often gives custody to the mom so dads don't usually get equal time.  Though moms are working outside the home in large numbers, more dads see less of their children than do moms.  What did you do to celebrate dad this year?  I got to thinking about it and realized that the gifts we give frequently send a message to dad communicating how much thought we put into the gift and just how much they are appreciated.  Here's what I mean. The tie is a traditional Father's Day gift that usually says I didn't put much thought into this because it's not really a priority for me.  A silly tie says even worse, that we would rather amuse ourselves than find a special way to honor dad.  Dad doesn't usually appreciate the tie gag gift as much as the giver does.  A shirt can be a practical gift, but it can also say that you didn't really spend much time or thought on dad this year.  Many's the time my dh appreciated the tie or shirt because he could use the clothing.  He spent most of his time and money for things the kids needed or wanted.  So little was sometimes left over for what dad needed or wanted, but how many dress shirts or ties can dad really use?  If you've given dad a tie or shirt for the last three or four years, you might consider an alternative gift.  Tools can be a practical or special gift, but only if dad really uses or wants them.  Often a tool is a cop out gift that was purchased because it was the right price or was for sale where ever we happened to be shopping.  What to do?  Ask dad what he'd like to have or do this year.  Think if there is anything special he's been putting off buying.  What's his favorite food?  Hobby?  Interest?  Work around your budget and come up with something uniquely dad.  What is a good father? What did you do for Father's Day?  Share.  ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ If you liked this post, read…Seven Reasons Why YOU Should Sign Up for the Art of Eloquence Newsletter

2 comments


  • Art of Eloquence

    Sounds lke fun!


  • Carla

    We went to the ballet. My dh loves it and we had a good time. He has no real need for shirts and/or ties other than what he already has. (works in a factory environment) We like to go do something for celebrations. This time, three out of the five of us went and it was very enjoyable.


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