Father’s Day is next Sunday – the third Sunday in June. And though it is a fairly new holiday (it was not declared a national holiday until 1972, a full 58 years after the celebration of the first national Mother’s Day!), most of us will be searching this week for the perfect Father’s Day gift.
At Blossom Water, we love gardening. For us, anything about gardening is the perfect gift: garden tools, plants, planters, grow lights, composting gear, watering cans and hoses, gardening books… We can’t get enough of it. But your dad might not be as into gardening and flowers as we are. You dad might be the man who has everything, he might be a DIY Dad, a Trendy Dad, a Sports Fan Dad, an Outdoor Adventure Dad, a Geek Dad, a Health and Fitness Dad, an Intellectual Dad…well you get the picture.
There are as many personalities and varieties of dads as there are styles of parenting, which makes it tricky to make a good gift recommendation for Father’s Day. Sure you could give your dad a bottle of scotch or a case of Blossom Water (we’d love that!), but that might not be his thing.
Whatever gift you give your Father next Sunday, the one he will probably cherish the most is your time. Studies show that children who spend more time with their fathers have higher IQs. Dr. David Popenoe, noted sociologist and fatherhood research pioneer writes: “Fathers are far more than just ‘second adults’ in the home. Involved fathers bring positive benefits to their children that no other person is as likely to bring.” (https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/fatherhood/chaptertwo.cfm)
There are tons of studies out there on the positive effects of father involvement and on the wonderful impacts fathers can have on their children; not so much the other way round. We can only assume that us kids also have great impacts on our dads. May we all prove this theory on Sunday.
In any case, Happy Father’s Day. Here are some fun quotes you might consider for the card:
“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” ― Umberto Eco
“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” ― Antoine François Prévost
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” — Mark Twain.
“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” — Author unknown