The gift for men, many say, gets harder to pick out as they grow older. It’s much worse when they become fathers. This father’s day, expect wives, sons and daughters to wander from supermarkets to shopping malls in search of that special daddy present. However, after they have selected, purchased and presented their gifts, many would still feel a tiny bit of underperformance in their choice.
In comparison, picking out a special gift for mom is arguably easier than doing same for dad. On the material front the reason is pretty straightforward. Moms are easily swayed by the allure of exquisite dresses and charming jewelleries. Dads on the contrary may love wristwatches and shoes a lot, but they are not half as excitable as their wives by such gifts.
While for moms the weight of the sacrifice for their offspring is often as visible as the pregnancy they carry for nine months, the labours of dads, for their children and family, is hardly as pronounced. Not only do fathers strive to protect and provide for their families, they often try to do so with a facade of effortlessness, superman style. The aim is not as much to replicate the stunts of that movie hero as it is to shield their families from suffering and neglect.
So perhaps that’s where our appreciation of dads should begin—in recognition of their efforts to shield us from the world’s many difficulties. Fathers always try to make us feel it’s alright even when all is not, carry our burden and smile like it’s nothing, and make us always feel they have got us covered no matter what. Understanding this deep daddy love—that most daddies often try to treat like it is nothing—is our best guide to giving our dads their days’ worth.
Unfortunately, even if we successfully recognise the worth of celebrating our dads, we may never be able to solve our gift selection headache. This is because dads are just not wired to marvel at presents, except, of course, we are speaking houses and cars. Many of us may be unable to afford such luxury for our dads, but, happily, the recognition of their worth is not beyond us. Thus, this year’s father’s day presents us an opportunity to celebrate our dads not just through material gifts, but by remembering and appreciating their love and sacrifices.