I hope everyone remembered Father's Day. I forgot to mention it last week. Notice I never forget to remind everyone about Mother's Day. Sorry guys, I just forgot but I do hope everyone had a good Father's Day. It has come and gone once again.
I actually got my husband's gift ahead of time this year. He saw a new grill he wanted and mentioned he might buy it. I had my brother pick it up and hide it. I spent the next month telling him the one he has is fine and he did not need another one, or we'd look at it next time we were in the store.
It is hard for me to keep a gift item a secret. When I find something I think is the "perfect" gift, I just can't wait to give it.
Like most other holidays, Father's Day comes around once a year and I hope everyone who still has their dads took time to call or visit him.
Occasionally I think of the last Father's Day I spent with my Dad. We had a breakfast at church and he won one of the door prizes (a ceramic turtle). Little did I know Father's Day 2005 would be our last one with him. He passed away a few weeks later in July. That ceramic turtle has been sitting on his headstone for all of these years. I have had to pick it up a few times after strong winds, but no one has bothered it. It is a little weather beaten and I plan to look for a new one to replace it if I ever see one like it.
When we are young we think our dads are the smartest and the strongest people we know and they will always be there to take care of us. When we go through our teenage years we don't put them quite as high on the pedestal, but when we have children of our own, we realize just how smart they were.
I will try to keep ahead of the future holidays and events. I hate it when I let dates slip right by me.
As I have said, it doesn't have to be an elaborate, expensive item to make a good Father's Day. Fathers are like mothers. It only takes a few words, "I love you," to make the day special.
Our children are our gifts and our grandchildren and are extra gifts. Anything more is just a bonus.
Just in case I get too busy to remember to remind you again, we have the Fourth of July coming up in just a couple of weeks. We have the beginning of summer this week, the Buffalo Island Relay for Life coming up on Friday at the Leachville Park; and the Watermelon Festival will be held in Leachville on July 20-21.