This dad says he was lucky to have a dad who was upfront about things he wanted. There was no guessing, there were no returns, there were no exchanges. Just a point-blank, upfront, “this” and “that” kind of guy. He sort of became the same kind of guy as he aged, and now he conducted a survey, looking at other dads, getting point-blank answers for what they want for Father’s Day.
Here’s what he found:
Dad wants to watch the U.S. Open quietly, in peace. The final round starts at 3pm that day, depending on your time zone (it’ll be 1pm here in California). Get him snacks and drinks so he can sit and watch.
He probably wants a day off, too. No yard work, no gutter cleaning, no unclogging toilets or running down to the store. Let him sleep in, let him relax on the couch or in his favorite, perfectly-worn-in chair, and have a day to himself.
Steak and cold beer. Always a staple in the average man’s appetite (unless there are some sort of diet restrictions, or if he doesn’t drink). Not too much more to say about this, it’s pretty point-blank.
Spend time with his kids. It’s his day of reward for being a father (doesn’t it work that way?). A day off doesn’t mean a day away from his kids. Hang out with him. Have breakfast with him, watch a movie after dinner, watch golf with him even.
Easiest of all, dad wants a “thank you.” Father’s Day is to appreciate your father for being there, helping raise you, supporting a family, all the things dads do. If all else isn’t doable, a simple, heartfelt “thank-you” goes a long way. We never realize just how much dad sacrificed until we’re older, and now’s the time to say it.