Fathers Day

Fathers Day is approaching and as a father I am slightly peeved. When Mothers day rolls around, there is much trumpeting and fanfare. Sales everywhere, specials on every corner and a general sense of joviality. For Fathers Day socks are slightly cheaper. Okay okay, so mothers do a lot more work, I’ll admit, but really. So far all I’ve seen is an atrocious informercial claming that if you buy your dad one of these products he will be ‘cool’. A waterproof razor? “Now he can shave in the shower!” it proclaims! Stuff that, I once cut myself 32 times just shaving in front of a mirror, you think I’m gonna chance it in the shower? A blanket with sleeves? A bullet to the head rather, please. An energy-saving light bulb?! Oh hosanna, just what I always wanted!

As a child Fathers Day was never much of an event for me. Probably because I never saw my dad. So I never had to worry. And I guess that carried through to the present. But strangely, I’m not alone. It’s not about the meaning anymore. Although, was it ever? You got your dad a present and he was then more inclined to give you money. As a rule, that present was socks.

I’m starting to think that the whole tradition was started because men got all sulky that women had a day and they never (although chauvinists will argue that every day is a man’s day). Scary thing is, I don’t even know the exact date of Fathers Day. Does anyone? Does anyone think “Oh crumbs, it’s Fathers Day soon!” without being prompted by the ol’ idiot box? If it weren’t for commercialism it would slip away. Argue if you will, you know it to be true.

Ah well, it matters not anyway. My daughter is only 2 and a half so it makes no difference to her. She’ll probably choose that day to ignore completely, as she likes to do periodically.

So this Fathers Day, sit back and think about all the things that your father has done for you. He’s done a lot! Well, most fathers. I’m not speaking from experience, just vaguely generalizing. Just ponder what he’s done and be thankful. And choose the socks carefully. A man can have only so many pairs of novelty socks.

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3 Comments

  1. Apparently one can get a facial with a handjob at some male beauty store in Blueroute. Incorrectly advertised?

    “Id like one of those, please”

  2. Hmmm, Blue Route, you say?

  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father%27s_Day

    Father’s Day is a day honoring fathers, celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 52 of the world’s countries and on other days elsewhere.


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