A day for new dads and old dads and patient moms

At this time of the season my wife and I really look forward to joining the rest of the masses and heading outside to enjoy the sunshine and the flourish of nature’s finest blooms. It is so great to watch the children frolicking around the playgrounds, the rollers out on their boards and blades, and the parents happily out for a casual stroller adventure blessed with a couple of kids, pets, and loads of patience and pride.

Prospective dads hopefully get all excited when they see this youthful activity, while those of us who are now grandparents really love to see this ambitious and fun-filled explosion of energy and exercise. We can now sit back, relax a little, and cherish those countless great memories, joys, and tough challenges of bringing up our own unique and special ‘brood’ no matter what era it may have been. Through it all there is no doubt that as parents or grandparents we will always be there for all of our children and extended families, as well as very patiently looking forward to the ongoing arrival of those precious grandchildren, along with an occasional back yard full of niece, nephews, and relatives.

How exciting it will be to gather together on Sunday, June 16 to pamper and toast and tease our favourite dads and husbands and grand-dads in their own special fun way, with a few surprises thrown in for good measure and great laughs. Whether our party for the “big guy” is hosted at his favourite backyard barbecue on the golf course, at the lake, or wherever it may be, that annual “father fling” will always go rain or shine and is a great place to eat hardy and share the best and the toughest tales and tests of the year gone by. As is always the case not all of the family may be able to come back home for Father’s Day, but with the amazing communication methods of this era we can always phone, fax, tweet, stream, face-time, or however we share our love and hugs to wherever our children may be.

Here’s a special fun tribute to Dads and grampas

You can always tell what the best year of your father’s life was because they seem to freeze to that 60s to 70s to 80s or beyond clothing style and ride it out forever. Ask me about it, I wore my classic “white bucks” until I was 65.

Do you remember when …

Do you remember when your dad took you fishing for the first time, you caught five, while he sat on a hook and only caught a cold …? When he tried to do a somersault while coaching your gymnastic class, split his pants, and spent the rest of the day at the chiropractor …? When he was the most handsome dad at your graduation, could still dance up a storm with your mother, and actually made an effort to understand and be nice to most of your dates …?

There will always be that day when all little boys will help their dads with the laundry, they will put way too much soap in the washing machine and then throw his huge pair of bright red shorts in with her nice white pillow cases, which of course came out pink. Somehow those pillow cases went missing forever and we had to swear cub’s honour that we will never ever tell our moms.

As grandparents we will always have a special place in the hearts of our children. We love them, we hug them, we spoil them, we watch their silly cartoons over and over, we graciously lose every game we play with them, and then we send them home and take a well deserved nap.

Special greetings to those great guys on Father’s Day

Roses are red, violets are blue, and even though you have selective hearing we still love you. You are always good for lots of laughs and grins and yucks, so now can I please have twenty bucks? This year we got dad a GPS for Father’s Day, and now someone else other than mom can tell him where to go.

Dearest dad, on Father’s Day we don’t make you breakfast in bed, our greeting cards hardly get read, we don’t give you flowers or pies, and your closet is full of too many wild and wacky ties. You’ll likely sneak away early this Sunday and hit the golf course with your buddies, but then you will dash back home and break out the grill and chill with your favourite family and friends. But if the burgers get burnt, it storms, or the beer runs out, we’ll all head for the steakhouse, where we know that dear old dad will foot the bill …? During a fun contest in a Grade 1 class the teacher asked the students, “What was the nicest thing that your father ever did for you?” There were many great answers but the winner was, “He married my mother!” The best direction to go in life is “The Family Way” so always stay close, get together lots, and then have a great week, all of you.

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