Sunday, September 2, 2012. You awake with a start, a feeling a dread dwells deep in your stomach. You rack your brain for what you could have forgotten when it hits you - Father's Day!
It's not that you don't adore and appreciate your dad, each and every day of the year. It just slipped your mind and somehow you escaped the advertising bombardment that occurs for days like this.
Forget a Sunday sleep in, jump out of bed, log on to Weekend Notes and search "Last Minute Ideas for Dad this Father's Day".
And here it is- a compilation of tried and tested ideas to worship your dad with. No matter what your age, the key to a great Father's Day is your presence.
Gifts are nice but rather than spend the next three hours scouring the shopping mall for another 'World's Greatest Dad' mug, your time would be much better spent WITH him.
The following list is affordable and requires very little preparation. The main ingredient is simply a whole lot of love. Add to that, a generous splash of beer- it has never failed to win dad's heart, from my experience anyway.
The first thing to do is whip out the crayons and create a homemade card for him. The kind you would make as a child, it will take him back to fond thoughts of your childhood. You could include a photo and perhaps even write about one of your favourite memories of him. Whatever you do be sure to tell him that he is your hero.
2. A Trip to the Hardware Store Take your dad on an outing to your local hardware store. No doubt there will be a sausage sizzle raising money for a nearby school/sports association/charity so be sure to treat him to a snag. Browse the aisles and talk tools with the old man. Chat about what he is working on around the house. If needed, you could buy him some tools or equipment and spend some time helping him out with his project. Or if he is not a home renovating guy, a nice idea might be to stock up on some plants or a tree and spend the day in the garden. He'll be able to watch the plants grow and be reminded of what a nice day he spent with you.
3. A Family Barbecue Stop in at the supermarket and stock up on sausages, vege burgers, salad ingredients, chocolate mousse for dessert and don't forget the beer (or delegate ingredients for siblings to pick up). As the head of the family, when it comes to BBQ-ing dads tend to be controlling master grillers and will be unlikely to give up the reins too easily. This is when you distract him with the beer, put the footy on TV and let him relax while you cook up a feast.
4. Give His Car a Clean I know your dad will be very pleased with this one. "Borrow" his car (like you haven't done it before!) and suprise him by giving it a good clean- inside and out. Do it yourself or take it through a car wash, it doesn't matter so long as the end result is a shiny, squeaky clean car for him to show off.
Father's Day is the perfect time to embrace the first few rays of sun that spring has to offer. Grab the footy/cricket/tennis racquets and get outside and get active for some friendly sporting competition with dad. Or simply enjoy a family walk along the beach.
6. Strike a Pose
Get the old family photo albums out and reminisce on times gone by. Today would be a great time to update the albums by taking some new photos together. Be sure to get a nice family photo but don't be afraid to get a little silly with funny faces or costumes. You'll get a giggle out of them when you look back on the photos in a few years time.
Father's Day is a time to celebrate and show our appreciation for the men in our lives. The men that are our unsung heroes that have raised us, advised us, supported us and loved us unconditionally. In my mind every day should be Father's Day but it is nice to have a special day to honour these great guys.
On a personal note, if I may. Since my hard working dad will be away this Father's Day but I hope he will take a break to read this- Happy Father's Day, Bill! Know that I love and appreciate you each and every day. Love lots, Hayley.