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What does being a father mean? Is he the one who teaches you to ride a bike? Encouraging you to get back up after you fall and scrape your knee. That administrator of tough love. Was he the one having tea parties and wearing a tiara with you and your stuffed animals? The softie with a big heart. Did he help you carry your stuff into your dorm room? Seeing you off into your adult years while maintaining that ever-present and unshakeable strength.
Is he the one you called when things went off the rails at work? Forever that shoulder to lean on and the warm hug to wrap you up. Ultimately a father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.
Maybe you only see each other a few times a year at this point, life tends to do that, but believe you me, those times are the highlights for your old man. Given that we all have so much going on, it’s nice to have a day that we can devote to celebrating fatherhood and give credit where it’s due. And what exactly is fatherhood? What makes a man a father, other than simply having a child.
For the person who has given me so much in my life, how do I express my gratitude in my father's day gift giving? It’s a fair question but don’t get wrapped up in the pressure of it all, he may have sacrificed a whole helluva lot for you, but really, no pressure. Your pops is your pops and he’s going to appreciate whatever you do. At the end of the day this is an occasion to honor him and here are some things to consider when shopping for that.
I always used to get my dad the latest gadget because I thought that was what you did for Father’s Day. After years of obsolete tech piling up in a never-opened drawer, I realized I was missing the point entirely. Nowadays, we fire up the grill, toss some steaks on and crack a few cold ones. Classic. Some years we’ll make it to a ballgame if it’s possible. The important thing, I’ve found, is simply to be available, even if it’s only over the phone from a distance. Just make sure you don’t get him something better than you get your mom, in fact, that might be the only rule to keep in mind. That and no ties. He’s got enough ties.