Father's Day was probably less stressful for Dad than Mother's Day was for my mother, as it didn't involve children invading his domain and creating a mess. Like Mother's Day, Father's Day involved a special breakfast followed by handmade cards and handmade gifts, after which Dad usually disappeared into his shed and his garden. As my sister and I grew older the gifts generally improved, although Dad always insisted that he didn't want a fuss, didn't want presents, didn't need anything and we weren't to waste our money. We always made a fuss, however, and I think Dad looked forward to his special day each year.
|The Green family c1974|
Gifts for Dad were often practical - knitted gloves and beanies, books and magazines, plants and goodies for his garden. Usually a cake was made at home (with Mum's help until we grew older) and iced and decorated with much more enthusiasm than skill. It was still a chance to say thanks to Dad, for whom family was the most important thing in his life, and acknowledge how much he did for us.