This weekend is Father’s Day, and if you’re not sure what to do for your Dad, I can offer you some sage advice as a real, live Dad. Before you go any further, let me tell you what Pops REALLY wants for his big day in the sun. Here are 4 things your Dad really wants (but doesn’t have the heart to tell you):
1. Some damn peace and quiet. Dads listen to endless amounts of whining and belly-aching. So, what Dad really wants is some time to himself to connect with the person he once was before the reality of raising family changed his entire world. He loves you, but give the ol’ man a bit of time to do what HE wants to do on his big day.
2. An effort. Your Dad probably doesn’t care about extravagant gifts. Most Dads realize that Father’s Day is less about presents and more about loving acknowledgment of what he does for you and your family. It can be a hug and “Thanks, Dad” or a fine dinner out, but rest assured, both carry value to your Old Man.
3. If you insist on getting your Dad something, skip the joke gifts. No more shitty ties, golf joke books, or novelty toilet paper. Get Dad something he’ll use. Does your Dad like to have a drink from time to time? Get him a nice bourbon or scotch. Does he like fishing and hanging out with his old pals? Maybe a box of cigars. These are not important to Dad, but when he pours a drink or shares a cigar around a campfire, he’ll think of you.
4. To see you and/or hear your voice on Father’s Day. No Emails. No texts. This man has sacrificed a lot for you. The least you can do is press pause on your busy life for 5 minutes to call him. Dad may be quiet and stingy with grand emotions or gestures, but he loves you and wishes you would call more. Always remember: being a Dad is hard work, just like being a Mom. If you’re a good Dad, sometimes you make it look effortless in hopes of never letting your family see you sweat — which is why we tend to overlook Dad’s contribution. Your Dad was once a young person just like you. Look at the world through his eyes, and you will glimpse his unique perspective. Now get off my damn lawn, you punk!