Thursday, June 12, 2008

Do Dads get the fuzzy end of the lollipop?

According to this, Mother's Day has the highest volume of long distance phone calls and is second only to Valentines Day for florists. Father's Day, on the other hand, has the highest volume of collect phone calls, and probably breaks records every year for hideous tie sales.

Father's Day is tricky. We appreciate our Dads but don't know how to tell them so. Choosing a card for my own dad is one of my most detested chores. He just does not fit into any of the usual Father's Day card imagery. He doesn't golf, fish or barbecue. He doesn't wear a tie to work and he doesn't own a hammock. He's not into baseball and I can't ever recall playing catch with him. He has a deep and abiding love for chainsaws of all stripes. He is a talented Argentine Tango dancer and instructor. In lieu of a car, he rides his bike everywhere. Lets see you put all that on a card Hallmark! My relationship with my Dad is complicated and rich and definitely can't be summed up with something store bought. And I like it that way. So, thanks Dad for being yourself, and for showing me how to do the same.

These two Dads are dearly missed. They are getting a kick out of one another on the occasion of the marriage of their children; Momma D and Daddy G. I love the affectionate expressions on their faces...its one of those wonderful serendipitous snapshots that perfectly captures the relationship of two people to each other. Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! Wishing you a lovely brunch, a few long distance calls, and no ugly ties.


tangata said...

Cheers for a "fabulous" father's day message and where oh where did you get that picture??

Miss B said...

I scanned it from the Nelson family archives last time we were home. Isn't it the sweetest?

Mom said...

Thanks so much for the picture of the DADS. That picture has always been a favorite of mine. In case you didn't know, today would have been my Dad's 91st birthday.

Love you and hope you are better,

Momma D

E. said...

Since I've heard stories of some of the unique qualities that made Momma D's and Daddy's G's fathers special, it was a treat to see this picture. Thanks, Miss B!

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