Honoring Dear Old Dad

father and son

All over America, fathers will be excited because it is “their” day – Father’s Day. Right. Like they really care. Another shirt, another tie, another jewelry tray to put on their dresser?

Yeah, they are really excited. Like they actually have any jewelry, unless you count the tie tack you gave him last year for Father’s Day, the dog tags left over from military service, or the cankered cuff links that are so old that dad isn’t even sure exactly where they came from anymore.

And the worst part of it all is the fact that the adult kids will come home on Father’s Day to visit, probably bringing the grandchildren. Fathers can’t even enjoy peace and quiet on “their” day.

However, a few thoughtful kids will probably take father out to eat instead of buying him another shoe polishing kit. Food is good, especially if it is an all-you-can-eat food buffet where dad can really pig out. Of course, it will probably be crowded with all the other thoughtful families who are taking their fathers out to food bars also.

What dad would really like is probably a big screen TV or a season’s pass to the baseball game. Now that would be a gift worth receiving. Not many kids have the funds to fork over to dear old dad for that sort of gift. If they do, they probably use it to buy their own home theater system and then invite dad over to see it. Oh, well. It was a thought anyhow. That’s okay; dad still has the old reliable Zenith parked in the corner of the den and a remote control – if the grandchildren haven’t lost it yet.

Younger fathers may still enjoy Father’s Day. It is the novelty of the whole thing, the extra attention. So what if they eat out at a fast food steakhouse and the kids’ names are scribbled on the Happy Father’s Day card with a crayon?  It’s merely the fact that the kids notice that dad is around sometime other than on allowance day or the day of a little league ball game. Yes, it’s the thought that counts. After all, these moppets did not get here on their own, and it’s about time they remembered that!

If dad is lucky, they will forget all about him by afternoon. He can escape to the basement and piddle with his tools or go outside and mow the lawn. Fathers are not used to being honored. Fathers are used to being ignored. All this attention is more than a father can bear.

Kind of makes a heart proud, though. They remembered! They know where they came from! Good genes, these kids.

Wonder what a dad is suppose to do with yet another wallet? Put it in the drawer with all the other wallets? Maybe one of these years he will actually need a new wallet and when he does, he will be ready. Thanks kids, dad is overwhelmed with joy. Who knows, maybe next year they will just forget about the whole thing.

Now, where did the remote control go? Oh, no! Not again!

©2000 Sheila Moss

About Sheila Moss

My stories are about daily life and the funny things that happen to all of us. My columns have been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and websites.
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8 Responses to Honoring Dear Old Dad

  1. geezer94 says:

    Ms Sheila, I recently reached into my dresser and took out a new wallet. It was new even though it was about six years old and still in the original box. I kept the old wallet of course just in case I run our of like new wallets in the future. Loved your post!

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  2. LOL. It is pretty difficult to buy gifts for older dads. My dad sucks at all things technology so that’s out of the question. And, as implied in this post, he has enough socks, ties, and the like.

    But, I think young dad have a shot at getting some cool gadgets on Father’s day. My husband loves of that cool, techy stuff.

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  3. My husband raised 4 kids by himself. They all live across the country (and are approaching 50 so it’s hard to call them kids although we do). I can guarantee that he will get a call from maybe 2 tomorrow. The other two will email or call later in the week. Of course the “gift is in the mail.” Sometimes it actually gets here and sometimes well…it’s the thought that counts. It doesn’t mean they don’t love him, they do. He doesn’t consider himself an “active father” but one who has retired from that too. The good news is that the granddaughters won’t lose the remote. The bad news is that he won’t get to see them for father’s day.

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