My parents made a little mistake when I was a kid: at some point, early on, they each – independently of each other – told me that “Father’s Day/Mother’s Day isn’t a big deal to me.” I, being little, thought “okey dokey” and paid the holidays no mind.
Then after a couple of years, they had to come and say, “Your mom would really like it if you did a little something for her on Mother’s Day.” And I, being stubborn, thought, “No, she wouldn’t. She told me so.” Gradually, of course, the existence of the grand old “oh, no, no – don’t pay any attention to little old me” maneuver sank in and I got it. But it took a while.
I can be headstrong.
This is why, of course, after Kidneybean is born, I intend to impress upon her that Father’s Day is the biggest holiday of the year. That, typically, you set aside 3 months salary/allowance for a gift. That you write songs and fly flags. Sure, eventually she’ll wise-up and resent me, but I think I can get a few good years out of it before then..
And fathers, of course, come in all shapes, sizes and quality. I got pretty lucky, but they have a massive impact on our lives, regardless of how they achieve it.
And so, with fatherhood on the brain, I thought it might be fun to think about, for this week’s Weekly Question of the Week: what advice would you give to dads? Specifically, someone who’s about to be a dad?
It can be from your own experiences as parent or child, dads you’ve seen aroundanything!
Lastly, of course: Happy Father’s Day to the real Byronic Dad. Definitely worth making a fuss over.