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Dad, Tigers and French Fries

It sometimes seems as though Father’s Day is not as revered as Mother’s Day. The talking heads on TV give much more airtime to gift ideas for mom, specials on the mother-child bond and feature fantasy giveaways to celebrate extra special moms. Thankfully, gender roles have shifted to allow our dads to be more present in our everyday lives, making them more important and significant forces. It’s time that we honestly and unapologetically let them know what they mean to us.

To say my dad is opinionated is an understatement. There’s no need to ask for his opinion because chances are he has already told me before I have the chance to ask. He’s loud, fun, spontaneous, loving and smart.

When I was a child, he would surprise us with Detroit Tiger tickets. When he would come home from work earlier than usual, tickets peeking out of his shirt pocket, we would run to our rooms and get ready to cheer on Willy Horton, Al Kaline, Gates Brown and Jim Price. Dad always bought a program and a “Tiger” pencil and taught me how to keep score. I think more than anything, he taught me scorekeeping to keep me focused and engaged in the game. My dad traditionally left the game after the 7th inning (Tigers winning or losing didn’t seem to matter compared to his impatience) and we would head over to Lafayette Coney Island for hot dogs and french fries. Yum!

To this day, I am a Tiger fan. I love going to the games, I love the crowd, the cheers … and now I get to enjoy cold beer on a warm summer night. All in part, I believe, because my dad took me when I was a kid and shared his passion for the sport with my family.
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Of course we don’t need a holiday to tell our dads that we love them, but since one exists, let’s take the opportunity to honor the men that taught us how to ride a bicycle, gave us the confidence to jump off the diving board, held our hand on the Blue Streak roller coaster and tucked us in every night.

Write Impressions has a wonderful selection of gifts and Father’s Day greeting cards – from humorous, sentimental, sporty, loving … and some blank so you can use your own words to tell your dad how you feel.

Dads. Remember them on Sunday, June 21st.

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