This weekend I am waiting patiently for a photo shoot to go with my first OFFICIAL real estate blog. But its Father’s Day weekend and I find myself inspired to write my first UNOFFICIAL off-topic blog. Its one part blog, one part amateur poll, one part interactive activity.
What is The Most Hideous Father’s Gift You Have Received?
“Why so inspired to ask us to dig through our proverbial closet of gifted skeletons?” you say. “Ties!” I reply! Yes, that’s right! The classic American tie!
Let’s face it. Kids suck at gift giving. EVERY kid. There are no exceptions to this rule. And they suck at making things too. I am sure this is where the old and true “It’s the thought that counts” adage came from. This is also where the adage “Buy American” came from. Because junk made in China by eight-year-old kids is probably not going to last any longer than your last coffee mug made by your own eight-year-old kid and it is just as likely to cause lead poisoning!
Don’t get me wrong, I am just being real. This terribly, wonderfully made junk is the greatest thing you can ever receive. Us parents actually save this stuff for a reason! Sure, most of it ends up in a box in the attic. Yes, one day we’re giving it all back to you when we downsize and move to the beach.
But we DO keep it. That’s because of the meaning. The love. The highly questionable but strong held belief that you- Dad- hung the stars and the moon, you really ARE like superman, and you are so dang awesome I was inspired to craft, with my own little hands, this diorama of you doing yard work, out of nothing but dried macaroni, Elmer’s glue, and craft paper! [Love This]
For most of us, the ugly necktie is the Father’s Day icon. The classic American Necktie is the visual timeline of you or your own kids growing out of that beautiful-warm-and-fuzzy-ugly gift phase, and into the “What-the-hell-am-I-gonna-get-him-this-year?” gifting phase of adulthood. As fathers, though we cringe every time we are asked to wear that thoughtful but VERY unfortunate choice of necktie to work…
…we still wear it! Though we might smuggle another tie out in our coat pocket and change it in the office parking lot.
We do this because we love the thought. We love the gift. We outright adore the greasy little Petri dishes that picked it out.
What really counts is that we smile- hell, we often laugh out loud- every time we think of or look at these gifts.
And, although we cringe at the thought of being seen in public wearing them, receiving them actually makes us feel as if maybe… just maybe… if I yanked off my glasses, loosened this hideous tie, and pulled my shirt open quickly, I could catch a glimpse of that big “S” they see stamped on my tired old chest.
So, tell us your tales of terrible gifts, ugly ties, and crappily made knick-knacks that can never be replaced!
AND if you need that last minute gift idea for Dad, every tie photo takes you to a great site to buy some REALLY terrible ties. And don’t feel bad buying him one. The uglier the tie, the deeper the love!
@ Homes Realty, Huntsville