No place like home this Father’s Day

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No place like home this Father’s Day

Now celebrated in many parts of the world, Father’s Day has become a time to recognize the...

Now celebrated in many parts of the world, Father’s Day has become a time to recognize the many different father figures in our lives: old and new dads, granddads, dads-in-law, stepdads, serious and funny dads, and all men doing dad duties.

There may be a hundred fatherly types out there—but without a doubt—there are many reasons to honor them.

Our 2019 family’s dining experience tells it all: Practically all restaurants at the SM North Park Inn bridgeway was filled to capacity. We waited almost two hours before we can be seated for our turn to lunch at our favorite resto, Aristocrat. Adjoining restaurants, coffee and specialty shops had the same long queues as that of Aristocrat’s.

That was last year. With the ongoing quarantine, the social distancing implementation and virus scare, it would really be wise to celebrate Father’s Day — and all other celebrations—at home.

So for 2020, we ought to go back to the basics —simple, yet meaningful celebration —in the presence of every member of the family at home. Maybe like the very first Father’s Day celebration 110 years ago, we can give flowers again or any small items as token of love and appreciation, a thank you card or note, a kiss and a hug to our sons’ first hero and our daughters’ first love.

Father’s Day 2020 quarantine edition

Because of the pandemic, millions of parents have been home full-time, many for the first time in their children’s lives. And while many women are used to working and parenting at home all day, most men do their work either in the office or in the field.

Surely there are lost income and earning opportunities but the quarantine ended up being a good thing for dads who got uninterrupted family time, gave their kids important daddy-children time, and much-deserved break time for their wives. Moreover, they’ve learning new virtue which is patience as my young dad friend shared.

Surprises at home

Start Father’s Day with a feast fit for a king, a breakfast or brunch of dad’s favorite meal and round it out with a morning cocktail.

If he’s a breakfast skipper, then a sumptuous lunch is called for. Don’t forget the sweets to steal his heart. Find or bake the best Father’s Day for him that best matches his flavor preferences, and then dress it up with decorations that suit his interests. Movies or Netflix time follows with popcorn and soda to complete the ambiance.

Then have his favorite beer and barbecue in the afternoon. Your dad may want to battle out the lazy afternoon over a few board games, or see how well you can work together with complicated jigsaw puzzles. Let him pick which game he wants to start with.

With food and drinks all day, dinner may be light and easy depending on dad’s preference. Wrap the night away with dad by revisiting the best games in sports history.

If he’s the type to hunker down in front of the TV and watch his team on Father’s Day, then track down their best games for a night marathon.

No matter how grand or simple Father’s Day 2020 celebration is, it should be something the whole family shall look forward to in the future. It’s not every year that dad stayed home for a long time and literally shield his kids from harm and health threats of the outside world.

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