A few weeks ago, it was Father’s Day.
Ok, I am the first to agree that this is an event fabricated by the greetings card industry to sell more cards. It has none of the historic significance of Mother’s Day and according to many a vexed and frustrated mother, every day is Fathers day anyway!
I am however a father, so of course I am happy to have my recognition on that day. But cliche as it is, I genuinely don’t want my children’s hard earned money to be spent on me, and my desire from them is seeing them healthy, happy and fulfilled.
This has always been my mantra, but true to form, over the years I have been generously lavished with cards, chocolate, handkerchiefs and socks.
The great thing about gift socks is you get ones that you just wouldn’t buy yourself – really brightly coloured ones, one with boastful statements of ‘Worlds best’ Dad/Uncle/Boss etc. and occasionally ones made with strange materials such as recycled car tyres, Mongolian grass cuttings and so on that all have amazing properties to make your feet look and feel 20 years younger….so don’t ever gift them to a 19 year old!
This year, the newly returned but temporarily resident offspring observed my bountifulness in both the hankies and socks department and went a little ‘off piste’. I had jokingly remarked that I always felt somewhat guilty when they had to take a walk from our house, into the garden and then beyond the end of the garden to our allotment* just to locate me to inquire if I wanted a cup of tea. Or indeed any other sustenance to assist me in my weeding, strimming or whatever…and then a few minutes later have to then make another journey to deliver it, only for me to then say I was coming back indoors anyway. * I think allotments are a very British things, so for the non UK residents what is an allotment? … in the strict sense of the word its a small plot of land often maybe only about 300 square feet (30 sq m) , rented at a nominal rent from your local council enabling flat and apartment dwellers to grow fruit and vegetables.
The term is also more loosely expanded in my case as we live on the edge of country side and this plot is really just an extension of our garden where I grow strawberries and gooseberries, 99% of which get eaten by squirrels, peas that seagulls seem to eat before we get to them, and various other fruit and vegetables for the local insect , animal and bird residents to feast on. We are allowed to keep a few lettuces for ourselves though as reward for all this work!
Anyway…back to the aforementioned situation ……..So ingenuity was applied to the problem and for fathers day they presented me with a pair of walkie talkies to enable communication from garden to home and on various outdoor activities. I have had some good presents in my lifetime…but this one really tops the list. So why not call..yes we do have good mobile phone reception, but nobody would ever think to phone someone maybe just 100 metres away would they?
This was just such a great idea and practical and useful as well as fun!
Just one downside…next week I have a birthday, not just any birthday but a significant one. It ends in a zero..but thankfully just one of these, not two. So the bar has been set very high and my expectations and imagination are running riot now with wild ideas of what may be next to delight me.
Perhaps we are back on socks then……………..