Saturday, June 16, 2012
Six Word Saturday- June 16
Happy Father's Day to All Dads!
I've been watching the Father's Day commercials on TV, and they are really starting to frustrate me. Why are dad's treated with such disrespect? Come on! Do you REALLY think most fathers want new tools for a gift? That's like running an ad for vacuums for Mother's Day. Can you imagine the uproar that would cause? Seriously.
Maybe I'm sensitive, or maybe I was just raised a little differently, but one commercial I saw yesterday advertised nothing but lame clothing and a watch. These are all things (tools included) that Dads are going to be buying themselves anyway. They need to be dressed, and the tools are probably being used to fix something for their wives and children anyway. It just seems disrespectful to me.
Now I will admit that there are times a good tool makes an excellent gift. If your husband or father has asked specifically for something, then by all means, get it for him! Just picking random tools because they are on sale, though.... that's going to sit in the garage gathering dust. Boring. The idea holds true with clothing as well. If there is something Dad wouldn't ordinarily spend the money on but you know he really wants, go for it. Another tie or golf shirt.... to me that just shows that you really don't know the man you are claiming to honor. Gift giving and me don't get along very well to begin with, so that's probably the real source of my frustration. I hate how holidays make us feel obligated to spend money.
Daniel asked me a couple days ago to not get him anything. I am going to do that, even though I usually cheat. To be honest, I have NO idea what I could possibly get for him, and he asked me not to feel stressed about it. I'm going to take advantage of his understanding. I wish it were different, but even if we had all the money in the world right now the only thing I could even guess Daniel would like is a treadmill. That is definitely NOT in the budget at the moment!
My dad is getting a couple books. It's become a tradition of sorts. My dad loves jokes, trivia, and comics, and we love hearing him relay what he has read. Every time I go to the thrift store or pass the library book sale (weekly), I stop and see if there is a book that Dad would enjoy. I collect all of them until a gift giving opportunity arises. Sometimes Dad gets two books, sometimes he gets many. This Father's Day he will be getting one bathroom reader and one book based on the TV show "Myth Busters." I can't wait to see what he thinks of the Myth Busters book since he hasn't seen the show to my knowledge.
Well, no matter what you got your dad this year, I hope you have a great time. The important part is spending time together or stopping to let Dad know you were thinking of him. Happy Father's Day!