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Yes, I Like Father’s Day

June 21st, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Dad + Gadget = Fail  |  4 Comments

Look, it’s easy to dismiss Father’s Day. An artificial holiday, crafted by Hallmark, endorsed by the United Tie, Sock and Gadget Makers of America, celebrating the men who already pretty much dominate the country anyway. Who needs it?

Me, for one. I need it.

It’s not that I crave recognition for my fatherly efforts, or that I want to claim time to myself (to go running, or drink with friends, or whatever) by saying Daddy needs a day off. I don’t expect presents or cards—I don’t get the same thrill out of such things as some people.

But what I need in my life is structure. As a lazy-ass travel and food writer, I can do just about whatever I want, whenever I want. Which means editors have no qualms about sending me off to, say, Tunisia at the drop of a straw fedora. I leave, I come back, I go off again, with virtually no consideration for the days of the week or the months of the year.

The thing is, I like being with my wife and kid, and Father’s Day lets me tell editors (and myself): No, no travel, I need to be here for that day. Yes, it’s an arbitrary celebration. No, it will not be much different from any other Sunday. But, like Mother’s Day and various other birthdays and anniversaries, it’s a day I can claim back from my otherwise insane and pointless work schedule.

Plus, hey, Jean and Sasha gave me a tie! Neat.


  1. Vincent aka CuteMonsterDad says:

    June 21st, 2010at 11:53 am(#)

    I agree. A day to claim as one’s own is priceless. The gifts one receives on said day really doesn’t matter. Although my not so subtle lobbying for an Apple iPhone 4 fell flat.

    Vincent aka @CuteMonsterDad

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    Happy Father’s Day 2010

  2. Matt says:

    June 21st, 2010at 12:22 pm(#)

    I keep trying to do a video chat on my new bowtie, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Oh well, I’ve got a birthday coming up in a month or so.

  3. Bizarro Ward says:

    June 21st, 2010at 8:55 pm(#)

    Wait, you get a day off? I’m a stay at home Dad to three and I got a pool vacuum and had to barbecue. Dear Alex and Annie, help me!

  4. beta dad says:

    June 22nd, 2010at 2:37 am(#)

    @ Bizarro Ward,

    Did you just reference Dear Alex and Annie? Rad.

    I’m also a SAHD, and celebrated the day by making my wife watch the kids all day so I could finish building the deck. I really enjoyed it too.

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