Father’s Day

“DAD… a son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love”

These words really touch my heart. I know all fathers don’t fit that quote but a lot of them do and for those special dads who have shaped our view of the world, this Saturday is the perfect day to celebrate them. I think it’s important to look past the commercial aspect of Father’s Day and buying things to the underlying importance of fathers in our lives.

My wish for those of you whose fathers are still alive is that you will spend all the time you possibly can with your dad! You never hear people saying; “I wish I’d spent less time with my dad when he was alive”. And most fathers, I think, just want to know they’re loved and appreciated. I made a book for my dad on his 70th birthday that was full of photographs of him and the things he had done from the time he was 2 years old to the present. I included fun memories and musings about how special he had been to me throughout my life. I even included letters sent to me by his friends over the years and they talked about how he had impacted their lives. It was nothing fancy. Kinkos copied the photographs and bound all the pages together for me with a plastic spiral binding. But it was, without a doubt, one of my dad’s most treasured possessions for the rest of his life. And now I have those photographs and his story to help when I miss him the most.

Parents always worry that they aren’t doing the best they could for their children, no matter how confident they seem. So take a little time, this father’s day, to let your dad know how much he means to you. An extra hug… a heartfelt “thank you”… and make sure you take some photographs. You will never regret it!