but here is what he REALLY wants…
So, Father’s Day is just around the corner and, to my amazement, I’m being asked whether there’s anything I would like! This is a question that often perplexes me – ‘anything I would like?’ How do you answer that off the cuff? I’m not the sort of person that goes around making lists of everything and anything that I may, however temporarily, enjoy owning/eating/building/playing etc. It’s all about what I NEED. I don’t NEED a novelty mug telling me I’m the best Dad in the world (I’m sure there are plenty out there more capable than me!). It’s the same whether, birthday, Christmas, or anniversary. And so, after thinking about it for all of a couple of minutes, the answer comes back, ‘Oh, I don’t know, some new socks, maybe.’ Which Dad (or human being) doesn’t need a pair of socks to get by, but despises having to buy such a mundane item of clothing – might as well get someone else to do. And don’t get me wrong – I’ve received some great socks (@HappySocks of particular note). But this time round I’ve been asked to REALLY think about it and to come up with some ideas of things that I REALLY want. And so we get to the purpose of this blog: to outline the things that Dad really wants this Father’s Day!
So here we go:
- A lie-in
This has to be top of the list. Dads don’t generally get lie-ins, because as soon as they wake up they remember all those little jobs that MUST be done. I’m up every weekday at 6am and this doesn’t stop come the weekend, as I know how much my wonderful wife has done throughout the week and how much she’d enjoy a lie-in, so I battle through bravely and stumble around – laying on the floor allowing my toddler to use me as an auxillary piece of climbing frame before the inevitable demand of ‘get up Daddy!’ is yelled. So, unplug the alarm clock, get your partner to keep the other little ‘alarm clock(s)’ quiet and enjoy an extra 40 winks!
- Control of the television
In a household of three, I’m well and truly 3rd (or fourth, fifth, or sixth, depending how many toys are around) in line to control the television. I do not watch much television, but the programs I tend to enjoy are often best done so live (sporting events) – its not quite the same watching a re-run live version of a premiership football game having been made well aware of the outcome by all your mates via Whatsapp (or other social media)! So, rather than having to watch Match of the Day at 11pm, or trying to convince your little one to watch it at 7am on a Sunday morning, because its JUST like watching Fireman Sam, make sure that you get to watch what you want, when you want this Father’s Day!
- A poo in peace
In fact just general use of the bathroom in peace. Now I’m pretty lucky and don’t often have to share my bathroom time with our little one, but just the knowledge of being able to have some uninterrupted piece, and being able to take my time in the bathroom – rather than rushing because I know someone else needs it, or there are a million other things that need doing that would be a better use of time, would be thoroughly appreciated. Dads and bathrooms have a unique relationship: it’s where he goes to hide from everyone – so let him enjoy that time this Father’s Day. Another gift that is, literally, priceless!
- A small luxury item
Forget expensive gifts – we don’t NEED these (although note, we’re not averse to receiving them) – but something you know he’d love but wouldn’t spend money on is always good. I always find a stylish holdall or overnight bag to be of particular use!
- Home cooked dinner with the family – without the washing up!!
Again, I’m lucky in the most part to benefit from this more frequently than celebratory occasions. However, more often than not the wonderful culinary experience comes at a cost – notably the form of cleaning up the carnage left behind at the end of the meal. My wife is an excellent cook, but I can’t believe it takes so many pots, pans, utensils, ingredients and condiments to make such fine cuisine. But I’m willing to stand corrected, as a man that often falls foul of his self-prescribed inability to cook (I actually think I could if I wasn’t so lazy, or had all the ingredients listed in one of the many cook books that fill our bookshelves). However, on this day it would be nice not to have to orchestrate a post-consumption offensive on the kitchen that would make most military generals proud.
- Anything other than a tie
Shamelessly, I saw another dad blog this, but its SO true. Ties are for work. You wouldn’t buy him a stapler as a present.
So there you have it ladies and gents… get your partner something they REALLY want for Father’s Day this year…