Prepare yourself! This is super tricky and complicated! And also familiar because my Dad is in many ways like All Dads!
Presents we got, presents are great! Problem is, what do we do to celebrate?
Most years on Dad’s birthday me and Mom and Dad and Grandpa go out to a steak house and Grandpa pays, and then we go home and have cake and presents. Occasionally Mom and Dad will have a date night just the two of them instead, sometimes other relatives are around, but the default is Steak House Family Dinner.
This year, NO STEAK HOUSE!!!! And NO GRANDPA!!! I’m still here, but this year it’s not “oh how special, my daughter is here to honor me” but more like “oh, you again? You are here half the time anyway”.
We could do home steak I suppose, but it’s not the same. And it’s not, like, An Event the way going to a fancy restaurant is.
Now, picture your Dad. Likes spending time with family, is uncomfortable being made a fuss over, terrible at planning parties because his wife usually does it. You know, A Dad. What would he like for his birthday, at home, with wife and daughter and dog?
Also, my Dad will be reading the comments here because he is A Dad and obviously obsessively reads his daughter’s blog. Don’t worry about SPOILERS or anything, he gets to read all the ideas and then pick out which one he actually likes, and Mom and I will make it happen (after many years of trying to guess what he would like to do for his birthday, we gave up and now he has to tell us).
Ideas I have considered and rejected:
Charades! But with 3 people? Does that work?
Action movie! But with my Mom sighing and doing embroidery the whole time? It’s not that fun.
He teaches us how to play Bridge! But again, 3 people.
We let him play monopoly with us even though it makes him heartless and competitive. But that might be too much, even on his birthday.
We all sit quietly, including the dog, and finally let him finish explaining the proper way to load a dishwasher/check tire pressure/empty a vacuum/make the legs of a table even/and many other Useful Life Skills.