We can’t let Stage 4 restrictions due to COVID-19 get in the way of Dad’s special day. During these trying times, there’s no doubt that Dad has stood in as Mr Fix It, filled in as a teacher, and become a mediator for fights between siblings. So on Sunday, September 6, let’s celebrate fathers, father figures, stepfathers, grandfathers, soon-to-be-dads, and fur-dads.
Why not jump online and purchase from a local business to have a special something delivered to Dad, or snap up a voucher so he can spoil himself. If the kids need a craft project to get them – and you – through the day, get them to create their own DIY Father’s Day cards from scratch – and get them to make one on your behalf as well so you can post one to your father too. If Dad is tech-savvy, jump on a Skype or Zoom video chat, or call, text, post a letter, use a carrier pigeon – just get in touch and make sure his day isn’t forgotten among the Stage 4 lockdown.
Perhaps it’s time to get busy in the kitchen and discover a new recipe that will no doubt delight Dad’s tastebuds. Again, the children can get involved by preparing Dad a home-cooked meal or breakfast in bed. Make it a day to remember by introducing a theme night or moving lunch outside in the sun-filled garden for a picnic experience.
We’re all in this together. We’ve got to keep Dad – and the greater community – safe by staying at home. And if that means waiting for Dad’s famous hug, then I think that’s the least we can do.