First let me say that I believe “dads” or “fathers” can come in a variety of non-traditional packages, including step fathers, uncles, grand fathers, and many women who have stepped up to this honored position when the original birth father for a variety of reasons (sometimes by circumstance, sometimes by choice) could not be present.
My own 3 daughters have had the opportunity to know and love their fathers (my now 2 ex-husbands) and their step father Wayne (my long-suffering fiancee of 15 years and now husband). We are all on happy and amicable terms and Wayne came into their lives in a way that did not stomp on the toes of their original fathers, and he loves them all as much as any man loves a daughter and has raised them as his own.
My father has been gone for over 20 years, and while there are wonderful men in my life, none can fill that particular void, nor should they. I still miss him and Father’s Day always offers an opportunity to reflect on what he meant to me.
I’d like to take a moment and acknowledge my baby (now 20!) Mary’s father, Jon Rousseau, who died a few months ago. While she was separated from him for a few years after he moved to Canada, we were all on peaceful terms, and he was always gracious and grateful to Wayne for being there for Mary. He thanked Wayne on our last trip to Canada to take Mary to see him. It is a big loss for Mary and everyone really, but we all managed to behave like adults through the years and I think both Wayne and Jon deserve credit for putting their male egos aside to act in the best interest of Mary. Seriously, they are both great dads (to Mary especially) in their own way.
So, a hearty shout out to all those dads in whatever form they come in, who show up for their families and love and teach us strength, humility and a million other cool things like fishing or photography or baseball or cooking or camping or intellectual pursuits . . . the list is endless, right?
I hope you will listen to our wonderful Father’s Day themed show/podcast and get some fun ideas!
Please visit the original show post with highlights, links and resources for the Father’s Day themed show!
20 Thoughtful, Eco-Friendly, Cheap (or Free) Ways to Celebrate Dad
During the show, we only scratched the surface of ways to celebrate father’s day without buying a gift or even giving him a wonderful homemade gift. I love thinking up ways we can honor each other on these types of holidays with less “stuff” and more great experiences and memories. I suggest finding ways to connect dad with nature through something he may have interest in. Here are some of my ideas, but I’d love to hear some of yours . . .
1. Take a Hike
2. Go to the Park
3. Go Fishing
4. Go to a Farmer’s Market
5. Help Dad in the Yard or Garden (if he has one – maybe plant one and help maintain it if he doesn’t!)
6. Have a Picnic Outside
7. Write a Poem of Appreciation for Dad
8. Visit an Art Gallery or Museum (maybe one that features images of nature)
9. Cook a Delicious, Healthy Vegan or Vegetarian Meal
10. See an Outdoor Concert (many communities have wonderful outdoor music series in their parks. If there isn’t one scheduled for Father’s Day, make a plan to take Dad to one that interests him that is on the schedule)
11. Have a Family Game Night (featuring dad’s favorite game(s))
12. Go to the Beach or the River or the Lake or the Pond . . .
13. If Dad Loves Golf, Let him Play as much as he wants for Father’s Day!
14. Share a Book that You Love with Dad
15. Make a Designated and Extended Nap Time for Dad
16. Ask Dad What HE Wants to do, and DO IT
17. Do an Easy & Fun Upcycling Project with Dad (check out GD Mizar’s fun Father’s Day DIY coasters made from old photos and upcycled wood)
18. Go Birding
19. Grab a Camera and Take Pictures out in Nature
20. ALWAYS Tell Dad How Much You Love & Appreciate Him