Gifts for Dad
At Every Age He's Still Your Dad
Gretchen Heuring | ElderThink | 10.24.10
When I was a little girl, good gifts for Dad were always hankies, ties and maybe a new shirt. He didn't really need those things but we couldn't think of anything else to give him.
Later on, when my Dad became a real person to me, I discovered that a box of his very own chocololates would delight him and I began to explore gifts for him. Every few years, I would take him to a nearby tackle shop to choose his gift. He love that and took lots of time comparing and choosing and chatting with the guy behind the counter.
It became an adventure to find the just-right gift for my Dad. Over the years I chose tickets, videos, games and books. Of course I still gave him chocolates and sometimes a good bottle of wine to share with my mom. I gave him new luggage and a Tilly hat. I made him a scrapbook and I gave him a filing system for his important papers. I took him out for a special lunch.
As I matured and he began to slow down, I bought him a stamp collection at a yard sale and magazine subscriptions. I gave him a "grabber" to pick up things he had dropped or couldn't reach and a little wheeled tray to sit near his favorite chair. I telephoned more often and took him for rides in the car to enjoy the scenery. One year I bought him his very own star named after him.
Eventually he passed away, and going through his things, I found his papers fairly well organized in the filing system I had given him. Right on top, and slightly dog eared, I found the paperwork for his very own star. I sure loved my Dad.
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