This Dad Had An Excellent Father’s Day


It is a sunny Monday afternoon, the boys are both sleeping and I have a moment to look back at the best Father’s Day I have ever had.

My wife and boys did a great job celebrating dad yesterday and I can’t wait for many more to come.

A lot of other dads I know were more interested in having a day to themselves. A day to go golfing, fishing or just out on their own. I get that. I like the idea of that. But at this point in my life, I just want to be around my family and spend time together. That is what we did.

First off, I got to sleep in. Sunday is my day to sleep in anyways, so it worked out. Funny thing was, I did not sleep. I was awake when everyone else got up. But I stayed in bed and read a book. What a nice treat.

Once I was up, I had a cup of tea and just let the day come at me.

My wife made me eggs and bacon, Harry gave me presents that he made at preschool and Charlie, well he had a morning nap. Hey, he has a lot of time to spoil dad.

Harry made me a hand print, a bird house and a paper tie. I am building up quite the collection of paper ties.

After that, while Charlie slept and Katie cleaned up. Harry and I went out to garden and cut the grass. Harry likes to hold the handle as we push the mower around the yard. Then he does his best to rake up the leftover grass. We weeded and then hung the bird house he gave me in the front yard tree.

Once Charlie was up and dressed, we all went for a nice walk up to the playground. Perfect Sunday activity if you ask me.

Not that many dads out with their kids. Maybe they were all out for breakfast?

We had leftover meatloaf sandwiches for lunch and I even had a beer. A beer that early. Must have been Father’s Day.

After lunch, the boys had their naps and Katie went grocery shopping. That to me was the best gift of all. Not having to go to the grocery store.

After naps and relaxing, we all got in the car and headed into Halifax for my weekly ball hockey game. Since the time was moved an hour later, we were going to all go and then go out for dinner after.

Harry loves to come watch because he gets to play when there are breaks. For a 3-year old, he is a really go hockey player already.

That was one of my favourite parts of the day. Watching him run around with a stick, shooting the ball and getting so excited when he fired one in the back of the net. I enjoy the little things.

After hockey, where I scored eight goals (not to brag), we headed out for a tasty dinner.

We went to Boneheads BBQ in Fairview. Oh yeah!

It was pretty busy but we had a table. Then I got another present from the family. They got me Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction book. It was pretty fitting to get that and flip through the pages while sitting in a BBQ joint.

I had the pulled pork plate with sweet potato chips and brisket chili. Oh man it was good.

After dinner, we were all tired and stuffed.

On the drive home, I was amazed that both boys stayed awake. It had been a full day.

After we each put a kid to bed, we did our usual evening tidying and computer stuff and then sat down to watch a documentary on CBC called Dads. It was about seven dads who had been given a camera to share their stories on being a dad. It was pretty good, although there seemed to be more commercial time than show time.

After that Katie went to bed and I stayed up to watch the San Antonio Spurs win Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Perfect way to end Father’s Day. Seeing the Miami Heat lose.

Like I said, it was a great day and I was so happy and thankful to spend it all with my family.

I hope all the dads out there got to do what they wanted yesterday and that you get celebrated all the time and not just one day a year.