Mother’s Day is easy. We all love our mom’s and it’s usually not that difficult to let it show. Mom gave birth to us. Mom loves us unconditionally and doesn’t even attempt to hide it. Mom is easy to buy gifts for because to her “it’s the thought that counts.” Above all else, Mom is easy to please on Mother’s Day; just spend time with her.
Father’s Day, however, can seem like a completely different concept. Dad was often the stern one, responsible for discipline when we screwed up. Of course Dad loves us, but he doesn’t tend to let it show as much as Mom. Dad can be picky when it comes to gifts; “Another (crappy) tie? Awesome… thanks.” Yes, it can be difficult to get a read on dear old Dad at times.
But guess what; I’ve got a secret to share with you. It’s not my secret, actually, but Dad’s. Every Dad’s. A secret that can make Father’s Day just as simple and straight forward as Mother’s Day. Want to know what it is?
It’s one of those secrets that when you hear it you’ll kick yourself for not realizing it earlier because it’s so simple. It’s a secret that Dad himself wants to tell you, but just can’t bring himself to do it. Are you sure you want to know? Okay, here it is…
Dad wants on Father’s Day exactly what Mom wants on Mother’s Day; you. Just you. He wants your time. He wants your attention. He wants a hug. He wants to sit and watch a ball game or a movie… with you. He wants to grill hamburgers and hotdogs… for you. He wants to sit quietly and drink a beer… with you.
You see, dads aren’t that different from moms after all. They want to spend time with their children, the children they were so stern with because they wanted them to grow up right and be successful and happy. It isn’t about the goofy cards or the crappy ties (though, seriously, there are other items out there that would suffice as gifts, people). It’s about you. It always has been. It always will be.
This Father’s Day take the time to let your dad know that he’s still a part of your life. If you live too far away to visit don’t just send a card or an email, but call or Skype him. If you’re a father yourself, spend the day with your children. Above all else, never be afraid to let your kids know how much you love them and that you want to be with them on Father’s Day, even if it means another crappy tie.