Looking at Father’s Day

A verse in honor of this Father’s Day
When men take a leisurely pause from work
Enjoy TV, gifts, and beers as a perk
Do manly things with friends, goof off and play
Put chores and projects at home on delay
Ignore the phone, play online games and smirk
Favorite meals, dessert eat beast-mode berserk
At day’s end, Dad exhausted hits the hay

Yesterday was Father’s Day as celebrated in the USA. Generally this holiday doesn’t get the same respect or celebratory hoopla that Mother’s Day receives. Sparky’s dad is still with us and had celebrated his 89th birthday in March. He’s slowing down but still drives (even if he probably shouldn’t) and has a keen interest in all things golf, football, national politics, and family! So we took the opportunity to gather with him and shower him with all kinds of goodies (that is some tasty jam for his morning toast ritual). Sparky had been treated to dinner out by son#1 on the previous Wednesday and by son#2 the Sunday prior. I made Sparky’s dreams come true – we are now hosting a dog that will probably become our dog (actually his dog). We are giving it a week to see how she adjusts but this weekend went very well. Sparky and the new dog were curled up on the sofa watching TV Friday night so off to a good start.

The poem is an Italian Octave. It is an 8 line poem in iambic pentameter (which just didn’t work for me) with a strict rhyme scheme of ABBAABBA. Of course as soon as I saw that rhyme I knew I had to do one on Father’s Day!

48 thoughts on “Looking at Father’s Day

    1. So far so good. This next week will be the determining factor. We have to make a final decision by Saturday but Sparky was looking to see if the grocery carried her particular brand of food…

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  1. What breed is the dog? I have not celebrated Father’s Day in a long time. My dad has been gone 18 year Saturday and about 15 years ago Alzheimers and dementia drug my grandpa’s under where they recognized nobody. Wrangler would celebrate with his Grandpa who has been gone almost seven months. He is not very close with his step dads and his biological dad came into his life so late they don’t celebrate.

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    1. Yes, only Sparky’s dad is left. We try to get together as often as possible. I’m sorry to hear that Wrangler doesn’t have a relationship with his biological father… As for the dog – a post is coming with all the particulars AND photos I hope to make a decision on whether she is here to stay by next Saturday.

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      1. He has a relationship with him but is very reserved since they don’t know each other well and he lives in Florida. Until we were engaged his mom would not even tell him who is bio dad was. And it was only because one of the Aunt’s forced his hand.

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  2. All of my elders are gone ow, and some contemporaries too. But I always think of my father on Father’s Day–actually often, all the time. I’m glad your family has so many generations to celebrate! (K)

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    1. We do have a long lived family on Sparky’s side (my side too but at 89 my mother left us). The celebration was a little frenetic since all 6 of their children are now in town and everyone was vying to schedule time to take him out for dinner. We managed the Saturday time slot and we had a great dinner out.

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    1. Stephanie, I believe it! Fathers’ generally would prefer a meal over a card anyway! Thanks, so far the dog is working out… we are going to give it a week before deciding!

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  3. The problem with Father’s Day is that many fathers abdicated their place in their children’s lives. A few even abused their place and relationship. Mother’s don’t opt out as much, or they decide to abort.

    Those men who fill the roles of Fatherhood deserve recognition as high as the women who filled theirs, of course. I am thankful that while my birth father left his place and disappeared for many years, his next wife insisted that he return and do whatever was possible. And so he did.

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  4. Sparky got a dog!!! Details, we want details! and pictures. I thought of Sparky yesterday when we found a young Doberman someone had obviously dumped along the rural road where we ride. Naturally, we put our bike ride on hold and spent a couple of hours winning her confidence and brought her home. I was going to deliver her to you but I guess that’s out of the question now…unless you want TWO dogs. Yeah, I am cracking myself up.

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    1. Hehe! I love Dobermans – they are very smart dogs and very gentle when trained properly! Too bad someone abandoned her… But no I can’t deal with 2 dogs in the house. One is plenty. I’m putting together a post for after we make a decision this coming Saturday. There will be photos and commentary!! You will just have to be patient!

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    1. Thanks Di! We are going to give it a full week and will make our final decision on Saturday. I’m going to post on next Monday – stay tuned (but everything is going well so far)!

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  5. You didn’t say what kind of dog, Heinz57 or pure bred? Sounds adorable and good luck.

    No Fathers Day here any more. I quit giving Wil a card when he decided I didn’t need one since I’m not his mother.

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    1. I can see the logic behind his decision BUT it wasn’t a very kind thing to say or do… I suppose Wil doesn’t even know that it was Father’s Day! As soon as we make a final decision on whether we are keeping her or not, you will get to read all about it!!!

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      1. no it wasn’t kind but I just chose to forget his day then, he also forgot Valentines day. I got a big laugh last night when I said I love you and he said ditto.

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    1. Punam she is a really well behaved dog! I’m tickled you liked the poem!! Tomorrow is the big test as Sparky has to work from 9 to 1 and I work from noon to 3… she will be home alone for a couple hours!

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            1. Hehe! She doesn’t mind at all as long as there is a treat involved… The funny thing was that our first dog was Buckaroo and a female. Sparky was always correcting people who would call her a he!

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    1. Thank you Zakiah! I’m so glad you like it. I can imagine that you had all the fathers at your house on Father’s Day! So many really good fathers but the bad ones seem to get all the press!

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  6. Father’s Day was mainly dedicated to my father-in-law, from 1987 (my Dad had passed away in June, 1986) until his death in 2014. I have never really cultivated it as a day when I deserve special treatment, though if grandchildren come along, I will likely find myself the focus of attention.

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