Dear Dads, it is highly likely as you’re reading this article, you’re either enjoying a beer or two or feeling comfy in the new pair of socks or undies you scored for Father’s Day.
You might even, hopefully, be celebrating newfound wealth after trying your luck on a couple of scratchies, courtesy of your loved ones.
But regardless of what you’re drinking, how well dressed you are or your current financial situation, as a dad, you are loved, respected and very spoiled and appreciated by your children.
While the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic prevented many sons and daughters from spending Father’s Day with their dads in 2020, there was certainly no expense spared in the presents department.
Cartons of beer, DVDs, gift vouchers, socks and packets of undies seemed to be the most popular Father’s Day gifts in the Clarence Valley.
“I gave my dad Geoffrey a DVD box set of Fawlty Towers,” said Yamba teenager Savannah Ryan.
“I don’t really know much about the show, but it’s one of his favourites and it’s what he wanted.
“I also got him a new packet of socks because our dog keeps pulling his old ones off the line and trying to eat them.”
Local resident Tahleah Clifford bought not one, but three cartons of beer which she mailed to her dad Phillip over a week ago.
As Mr Clifford lives in Adelaide, his generous daughter was unable to visit him and “shout him a few schooners and a meal at the pub” due to border restrictions amidst the viral outbreak, but she is certain her present was “very well received”.
“Dad loves watching the AFL and having a few beers and usually that’s what we do together every Father’s Day,” Miss Clifford said.
“It was sad that I couldn’t see him this time, but sending him a few cartons was the 2020 way of buying him a few beers.”
While Father’s Day is generally recognised as an annual day to show gratitude and appreciation to fathers, stepfathers and father-figures, Miss Clifford thinks a date on a calendar is irrelevant. She believes every day is an important day to show your dad how much you love him, especially in the wake of Covid-19.
“Even if you didn’t get to see your dad, or any parent on a celebrated day this year, you should always make the effort to show them how much they mean to you,” Miss Clifford said.
While Mr Clifford was undoubtedly enjoying his beers on Father’s Day, another local dad who was also enjoying being spoiled was Michael Sear, proud father of 2021 Jacaranda Queen candidate Ella Sear.
This year, Mr Sear was given a Bunnings gift voucher and a carton of beer to enjoy.
“He’s an amazing, kind and caring father who would do anything for his children,” said Miss Sear.
“I love him so much.”