Dad, Pops, Papa, Daddy-O, Old Man, Da Da, Pare, Pa,– whatever your name for him is, he deserves to have a day set aside for him. In Canada and many other countries around the world, Fathers Day is the third Sunday in June every year. As is the case with many holidays, there are several accounts of the history of Fathers Day. In the states, the earliest accounts are from the first decade of the 1900s, even though it wasn't made an official national holiday in North America until 1972. One account says that one of the daughters of an amazing single Dad of six kids figured that since they were listening to Mothers Day sermons at church, that there should be a day for her Dad too and she worked to garner support. Another North American account states that after a tragic mine explosion killing hundreds of men, it was decided a day needed to be created to honor the men who died and those who also risk their lives for their families. So often in history, and even now, it is our Fathers that take on the challenges and professions in life that have a higher risk of physical danger. There are many Mothers that stand alongside them, but for now, we focus on those men that gave us life.
Take a few minutes to ask yourself: what do you really value about your Father? What are those qualities that stick out about him that you admire? It might be a quiet strength, a knack for all things carpentry, a world of knowledge on seemingly every topic. Or things like determination, loyalty, bravery, or love. What are the most important things he has taught you? It could be concrete skills, like how to change a tire or how to unclog a drain or make an awesome DIY table. Or it could be things like being kind to everyone you meet, not judging too quickly, or always being curious about new things and never losing your hunger for knowledge.
Fathers Day can be tough, especially if you have lost your father or never knew them at all. Something to focus on is that even though you can't spend the day with them, that doesn't mean you can't honor them and learn from them. Visit places you went together, spend the day doing something you know he loved, or simply just look back on those memories together with fondness and be thankful that you had him in your life. Even the absentee Father teaches a lesson by being an example of how lacking personal responsibility, compassion, and courage, can take away from a child's life.
So for those reasons and many more, take Fathers Day seriously and make sure he knows you appreciate him! Not sure yet how to celebrate dear ol' Dad? See below for ideas on activities for the day and great gifts from Thrive!
How to Spend the Day
- Homemade Breakfast/Brunch – Remember on Sundays when you would get up for Dad's special pancakes? Bring back the nostalgia associated with families starting the day together and gather everybody at Dad's house for a home cooked morning meal with all Dad's favourites. It helps reconnect the group and gives Dad a day off from dishes!
- Hiking – Especially in the Gulf Islands, there are so many great trails and small peaks to be explored. Get out and get the endorphins running to promote good healthy habits. It will help ensure that Dad stays around that much longer!
- Fishing – Whether he is an avid wrangler or not, fair weather fishing is a nice way to spend an sunny afternoon outdoors. Grab a few rods and a canoe, and paddle out to the middle of the lake (we suggest St. Mary's on Salt Spring). You will undoubtedly find time to connect, relax, and you might even bring home dinner!
- Chore Day – We know this doesn't sound exciting, but it is a really nice gesture! Tell Dad he has a day of free labour, just like when you lived at home and had no choice anyhow, and get him to make you a list. He can get the day off to relax, or maybe he has a fun backyard project in mind that the two of you can tackle together.
- Brewery Tour – Some Dads just can't resist a great brew. Regardless of his level of aficionado, spending a few hours learning about the chemistry of the brewing process and tasting a few unique lagers will not be an afternoon wasted. Our local brewery has a tasting room in Fulford open every day from noon to 5pm.
- Time/Time Off – Whether its quality time together, or quality time-off for him, the simple gift of time is the easiest and sometimes the most appreciated way to spend a day. So ask your Pops which he would prefer: a day of straight up solitary where you will take care of his responsibilities for the day, or a good long visit with his not-so-little anymore children.
Gifts from Thrive
- Mason Bar Tumbler and Cuff – $18 For a Dad who is always on the go, this tumbler is perfect for his coffee, tea, smoothie or water that gets him through the day.
- Never Stop Exploring Tee – $32 Seriously, seriously, soft material, and the sentiment is great for a Dad who is constantly curious about the great outdoors.
- Quilted Field Jacket – $184 Stylish and practical, Dad will love to don this on Fall walks or taking the family out for a meal.
- Mixology Dice – $40 This gift pairs his interest in chemistry and his love of fine liquor. Plus, you get to nominate yourself as head taste tester!
- Cycling Pant - $116 Just in from Muttonhead these Cycling Pants are made in Canada and perfect for your active Dad!
- Key Fob - $28 Is your dad always loosing his keys, buy him this clip so he can always keep track of them!
- 6 Panel Cap - $55 This stylish hat is perfect to shade your Dads loving face during his summer activities.
- Certificate of Awesome – $6 This and many other great cards at Thrive, is an opportunity you should take to really let your Dad know how much you appreciate and admire him. Sometimes, we just don't say it often enough!
To all our Fathers, we love you!
A special Thank-you to Julie Williams and her growing family for sharing your amazing family photos with us! Learn more about Julie and her work on her family blog, here, or her Photography site here.