Last year I surprised my dad by flying to Washington D.C. at the last minute to give him a gift in person (myself)! He was so surprised when he answered the door. He had no idea that I had planned a surprise visit! But I thought it would be fun to surprise him instead of make plans in advance to see him. I didn’t buy him a gift. Instead I took him to lunch at my favorite rooftop restaurant at the W Hotel overlooking the White House. How can I top that this year? The best thing I can think of is to send him a photo album with pictures from a few of our visits.
My dad loves photo albums. Also picture frames. Anything with pictures of me and my family. For so many years I bought my dad the usual gifts – toiletry bag, tennis racket, slippers, tie. And I realized that all he really wants is pictures. We like to skype each other. But after that all we have are our pictures. I can never have enough – on my wall, my desk, my table. And I don’t think you can have too many photo albums. So this year I think I will put together some of our favorite memories in a collage.
Of course my dad always tells me not to send him anything. He says that a phone call for Father’s Day is all he needs to brighten his day. But then when he receives a gift, especially a sentimental gift, he is elated. My husband is a father now too and any special gift that my children make always brightens his day.
I looked up Father’s Day on Wikipedia out of curiosity. One thing that I thought was amusing is that more phone calls are made in the United States during Mother’s Day than Father’s Day, but the percentage of collect calls on Father’s Day is much higher, making it the busiest day of the year for collect calls!