Honoring my father was becoming harder every year. He’s not the kind who gets all soft and gooey from cards with flowery words or mushy sayings. I think those things have made him uncomfortable in the past. I have also given him some memorable plaques declaring he is the greatest dad in the world, a cup with the same saying and even a golf towel with declaring him beyond compare. The ties, slippers, books, etc. that sprinkled his life always were well received and he seems to be happy no matter what I give him, but I hadn’t quite knocked his socks off with something new and original that would show him just how special he really is. Then last May I came across an article that suggested photo Father’s Day cards for the man who has everything.
What a fresh and delightful idea for a gift to a man who has meant everything to me – the chance to bring him tangible and poignant memories of our shared history. I searched through all the family photos from my childhood up until the present day for pictures of my dad and me together. I scanned the pictures, then arranged them haphazardly and cropped them to overlap so they looked like scattered leaves from the past. At the bottom of the card I wrote “Thanks for the Memories”. Inside I simply put “Happy Father’s Day from a daughter who loves you.” If you could see his face when he opened that card you would understand how wonderfully amazing that moment was. You could see that he understood how completely I appreciated being his daughter and that was worth the world to me. The most amazing thing about pleasing someone you love is that it gives you just as much pleasure.
This year I will once again be doing a special photo for my Father’s Day cards. I have found some really cute pictures of his my brother and sisters as babies, and mine will be the largest in the center. I think this year I will make him laugh. I love make memories with memories and I have found the ideal way to knock my dad’s socks off. A new tradition begins.