When I was younger I asked my parents on Father’s day:
‘It’s not fair! Why is there a Mother’s Day and a Father’s Day but not a Children’s day?’
My Mum’s response confused me back then but now, I agree with her completely.
‘Amelia,’ she said, ‘every day is Children’s Day.’
Our parents sacrifice a lot for us, be it money, time or energy. They rarely get time just to themselves to do the things they want to do or relax when they want to relax, especially in our early years. As children it is easy to take all of this for granted. We just go about our lives expecting our parents to be there and help us with our goals.
Father’s day exists so that we can show our appreciation and say thank you for all of the times our Dads have supported us and sacrificed some of their dreams so that we can reach for our own. It’s also a day that should be all about them. Do something that they want to do, give gifts or cook their favourite meal.
My Dad would drive me to and from my friends’ houses endlessly in my teenage years, even when it was late. He would untie all of my necklaces when I had somehow managed to get them tangled in a massive knot. He spent the money he earned on funding my hobbies and on holidays that we could all go on as a family. For all of these things and more I will be doing my best to make my Dad feel special on Sunday 21st June.
So don't forget! Put the date in your diary, get the thank you card and the stamps ready. Buy the gifts and book the restaurant ready to say a massive:
Thank you Dad!