Sunday 1st of September, as the first Sunday in September is Father’s Day here in Australia. It also happened to be the first day of Spring (yay! 😀 ). As budding permaculturalists (I hope) and little eco-warriors I wanted my kids to gift their Daddy something that fitted in with the principles that govern our family as well as being a gift that Dad himself would appreciate. So, what did we end up doing for Father’s Day? Well, we spent the day in the garden using Dad’s brute strength to lug heavy sleepers around and generally get our garden in order (well closer to at least) but as for a gift to show him he is appreciated, what better form of flattery is there than imitation? 😉
Jasper and Allegra both dictated to me a story about their Daddy. With Allegra it was all I could do to keep up the typing. She is a natural storyteller and dives in with her “once upon a time…” but there was rather a focus on daddy going to work. Allegra is very aware that Daddy goes away every day to work to do things before coming home. I mean I know kids know this, but to her it looms very large in her awareness of her Daddy. If only Daddy’s could stay home and enjoy their families more (and working Mummy’s too). Jasper needed a little encouragement to get his story down on paper but in the end we got a lovely story about the things his Daddy does and how he loves his daddy ” too much”. 🙂
I then spent some time organising the pages so that I could print it double-sided to produce an A5 sized booklet for them each to illustrate, and illustrate them they did! Allegra loves colour so her drawings used all her favourite colours. What Jas’s illustrations lacked in multicolours, they made up for with detail! I was most impressed. 🙂
We also wanted to put something else in there as a gift and something from Orik too of course. As I said before, imitation is the highest form of flattery. Dressing the kids up in Daddy’s clothes was awesome fun for me and for them and the photo’s look simply adorable. I had them printed off via Snapfish so that Martin can frame them to decorate his shed. I had planned to make frames with the kids but inspiration failed to strike and I didn’t manage to get to the op shop either. Maybe this weekend I might be able to get some frames and then next week we can dig out the paints. Orik can even join in with paints. 🙂 A little late but hey. We shall see.
Sunday morning dawned with me and a migraine so plans to get up early and allow Daddy a sleep in and a cooked breakfast in bed (as I usually receive on weekends) went out the window. I instead spent my time listening to Martin trying to feed and keep quiet 3 little monkeys whilst I stayed in bed fighting off the head pain in order to be able to achieve what we’d planned for the day. By 10:30am we were all out in the garden having presented Daddy with his gifts (which he loved 😀 ) and me able to function in the garden too. We had a wonderful day although I think we are both cursing weed-mat still today.
All in all it was a good day and I am stoked that Martin loved his gifts too. It was a frugal gift but a very personal one and also useful (decoration for the man-cave 😉 ). It’s also meant that I haven’t needed to succumb to the over-commercialism of Father’s Day. Nothing wrong with buying gifts but I do resent the tv commercials that imply that you need to spend a fortune in order to prove to your Dad that you love him.
Anyway, what did you do for your father or for the father of your children for Father’s Day?