Happy Father’s Day from the BlueSheepDog Crew. The importance of a good father in the family unit is so critical to well-balanced and disciplined children that we wanted to take time to recognize our fathers. We completely love our mothers, and there are plenty wearing the badge and holding the line, so please don’t be offended at this posting ladies. Instead, help us celebrate the figure that inspires us, holds us accountable, and keeps us on the straight and narrow. The man who teaches us right and wrong, how to fix things, and the importance of providing for family. Men can bring the logical approach to life’s struggles, while women often help us understand our emotional side.
So today, June 19th, let us take time to thank our fathers for all they have done for us. Give dad a call, or better yet, take him out for lunch or dinner. Why not make it a full day of fun – shooting, fishing, a good BBQ, and maybe some funny reflections on times past and present. If you’re close, visit the old school, the old neighborhood, and maybe retrace some old hang-outs. Whatever you do make memories with such an important figure in your life. If your father was not around, consider spending the day with a man whose influence has been instrumental in the course of your life.
Father’s Day Fun Ideas
Talk about a day for guys to be guys! Think about all the manly things you can pack into a day dedicated to men. Does your father have some “bucket list” things he’d like to scratch off? Some of the things that top my list include:
- 4×4 off-road driving
- Water skiing
- Good movie
- Card games
- Maybe even an ice-cold beverage of choice.
Ever think of renting a car for the day you would never purchase? Think about spending a couple of hundred dollars to ride around in a high-end sports car. Or what about renting a good 4×4 truck or Jeep and hitting the off-roads? If you go shooting, why not seek out a range that lets you rent firearms. Instead of just shooting your own firearms, rent something unique like an M1 Garand, the new Kimber K6S, or another unique firearm of choice.
Spend a few extra bucks, and let a guide take you to where the fish are big and biting. Too often we depend on our own “skills” only to come home with spider-webbed lines, lost lures, and sunburn! Doing your own BBQ can be a great activity – especially if you know what you’re doing and have cold beverages ready to go. However, you can also splurge and treat your dad to a sampling of all the best BBQ in town.
Boating may not be readily available in your area, though there seem to be man-made lakes close to most, but if you have the chance a day on the lake can be very relaxing and rewarding. Think fishing, and BBQ while enjoying the water and scenery. Movies can sometimes be a great bonding moment, especially when they are in the genre dad likes. The one thing to be careful of is movies tend to reduce conversation, so be sure to talk about the movie before and after.
Another popular activity lately is the good ole fashioned card game. Whether dad prefers a simple game of Spades, Pinochle, or fast-paced Texas Hold ‘Em poker, a good game of cards can last hours and provide plenty of opportunity for fun and memories. I would just suggest the money stakes be left at a low number, or simply use pride in chip count. Remember, we’re trying to create good memories not the “fight to remember”.
Finally, think about purchasing something that both you and your dad can have to establish a lasting bond, and something that can be passed down to future generations. Let us know what your Father’s Day plans include!
Whatever you decide to do this Father’s Day make it worthwhile. Don’t just let the day slip by, or you’ll wake up one day with remorse for the “what could have been”. There are a lot of gift ideas worth mentioning so feel free to post in the comments.