It is pretty normal this time of year to think of our dads – Father’s Day is almost upon us, we are remembering all that they have done for us and wracking our brains to come up with a thoughtful gift! Additionally, for me, my dad’s birthday was always right around Father’s Day, so I got to contemplate TWO gifts for that difficult to buy for man, instead of just one. Unfortunately, I no longer have this concern because my dad passed away two and a half years ago. So instead of worrying about what to get him, I take this time to reflect on him and what he brought to my life – which is pretty nice, actually. Though he could be over-bearing and stubborn, he could also be funny, warm and understanding. He was a wonderful father, grandfather and husband and he is missed every day.
But back to the gifts…one year, my sister and I decided to get him a personalized t-shirt. Now, this was back in the ’70s, the internet was not even a glimmer on the horizon, but a new t-shirt shop had opened up at the local mall. We pooled our money and got Mom to drive us up there to order his shirt. We chose a god-awful athletic gold shirt with royal, suede text that read “SKI MOOSE”. My dad was an avid water skier, owned a used Ski Nautique (the love of his life!) and was also 6’2″ and 205 lbs. We ordered the shirt, paid our money and anxiously waited a whole week for them to make the shirt. With much excitement, we gave it to my dad for Father’s Day/his birthday and he wore that shirt until he wore it out! I can’t think of a memory of summers during my childhood that doesn’t include images of him wearing that obnoxious shirt. He loved it!
Today, I am the owner of a personalized apparel website, Customized World. I get to pass on that same joy and love to others who choose to give custom gifts to their loved ones. 99% of our orders are turned around and shipped within 24 hours – no more trips to the mall and long waiting times. Additionally, a custom t-shirt today doesn’t cost much more than it did way back then. It is never the price tag that makes a gift special, it is always the thought behind it that counts. Giving a personalized gift is thoughtful and is as rewarding for the giver as for the receiver.
I’ll leave you with some of my dad’s classic sayings that were the soundtrack of my childhood:
- Knock it off you two or I’ll turn this thing around!
- That lady is trying to fit 10 pounds into a 5 pound sack
- You know what assuming does…
- I’ll give you something to cry about!
- Every action has an equal and opposite reaction
- He doesn’t know s*** from shinola
- Georgie Porgie Puddin’ ‘n Pie, kissed the girls and made them….happy! (my dad’s name was George)
- If you want to act Goofy, go to Disneyland
Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there!