On the Day of the Dads, aka Father’s Day, we can think of no better gift for the man who’s notoriously hard to buy for than some loving words that sum up the history of dadness.
We’re celebrating just some of their weird and wonderful ways – the idiosyncrasies, sayings, unique rituals and precious personality traits that make dads who they are. From the way they tolerate spiders (and our bullshit tbf) and their questionable SPF application to their obsession with basic car maintenance, airport timings and *dramatic* sneezing, let’s hear it for the darling DIY-loving dads who rule our world!
The thumbs-up emoji is his preferred and often only form of communication. Likes ginger beer. On great terms with Siri. “Have you got enough petrol?” Obsessed with the bin days. Lawn care is his self-care. Must shake food before eating. Usually nuts. Takes the BBQ very seriously. Must get to the airport 10 hours early just because… he’d rather get there early. Insists on telling the taxi driver the fastest route. Aggressively RUNS ahead of you in his cargo shorts, because his airport mode has been *activated*. Refuses to sit down. Owns a dedicated folder for holiday insurance, boarding passes and all other miscellaneous airport admin. Loves a National Trust day out. Your personal taxi. And biggest hype man. B&Q’s most valuable player. Bumps into someone he knows everywhere you go. DIY is his love language. Passionate about basic vehicle maintenance. Deeply and spiritually connected to the thermostat. Crocs? Oh, they’re into them. Deals with spiders so you don’t have to. Inhales food. Owns the biggest bunch of keys you’ve ever seen. Applies sun cream with reckless abandon. Obsessed with the family dog, you know, the one he didn’t want. Can build anything. Has only *one* volume for sneezing, coughing and snoring. Dad decibels simply cannot be matched. Loves car boots. Rubs his head when stressed. Sensible birthday present requests? He doesn’t know them. Strangely protective over the fire. Will likely always have a measuring tape on him, just in case. Has a degree in reverse parking. Endless dad jokes. Terrible dad dancing. Utterly perplexed by your ripped jeans. Always a phone call away. Will always have change in his pocket. Drops an inspirational quote whenever you need to hear it. Always remembers the things you loved 10 years ago. Uses the one finger tap on all devices. Sings weird old songs. Wears the same 5 t-shirts on repeat but won’t get rid of anything. TK Maxx is his entire personality. Prefers to do the food shop in person. Tells you to be sensible whenever you go out. “Don’t drink too much”. Never sleeping, only resting his eyes. Still asks you to pull his finger after all these years. Gives the best hugs.
Basically, love you dad.