Holiday Dad: Pouncing on What I Really Want for Father's Day
It's not about the gifts, it's about the dads and their love
G. I. Barrett II and his family.
Image by Ivan Hawkins, 1000 Words Photography
Every year, I become flustered around Father’s Day. I become needy, hungry; my eyes start to twitch and my hands become itchy, as if I played a piano full of poison ivy keys. When I finally come to grips, I realize that I shouldn’t be that way. I tell myself, “It’s only one day, why am I acting so strangely?”
Does Father’s Day transform me? I hear the enchanted laughter, even more witty at night, from my kids. “Daddy, what do you want for Father’s Day?” This question leaves me trembling, and I finally know why. I never have a good answer! Mainly because they already either have my gift(s) or they want me to say something other than what I say. Am I the only one that doesn’t want the standard drill set from the hardware store? There is nothing wrong with receiving a gift like that — I mean really, I’ve received tools before. But this year, I may want something different.
I’ve been watching my family. Keeping an eye on their eyes, trying to guess what they are planning and what they have hidden from me in the house. I’ve been lurking like a leopard waiting to pounce on its prey. Maybe I should ask for an exotic animal the way this year has been already? Would I get one or would my wife say, “I’m not cleaning its you know what! You wanted him, so you clean up behind him.”
When it’s all said and done, and after careful thought of the mounds of “you know what” I would be cleaning, my Father’s Day would be complete if everyone that I wanted to spend time with, I could on that special day. From my father to my father-in-law, uncles, brother-in-laws, cousins and my very own family; to motivational and inspirational men who are exemplary to me, to all the elderly men who have been on this Earth for years and have worlds of wisdom. That is what I would really like for Father’s Day. Because it’s not about how many gifts you receive, but rather, it’s about how much love you give.
I salute all fathers in the world, living and deceased, and commend all of you for tackling this 250-pound running back called Fatherhood. The bond between a father and his child or children is like no other, and he should always be ready to share the love he has for his family with the world.
G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralb, Instagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook: facebook.com/therealgeneralb.