Every Father’s Day my husband has one gift request, an old-school Rand McNally Road Atlas . Random right? This makes the holiday easy for me but my feelings on the subject run deeper. Here are 5 reasons this gift of choice make me happy to be his baby-mama and bride.
1. Tradition. A road atlas was what he and his 4 siblings (or more likely his mom) gave his dad every year. His respect for his dad and their family traditions is a rare and lovely trait.
2. Truth. A road atlas doesn’t change much every year but his German-blooded Engineer love of accuracy makes the newest information a must. It’s nice to have someone around who cares about the details, especially at tax time. It’s also infuriating at times, but mostly nice.
3. Simplicity: No need to come up with an elaborate pricey plan to show our love. This over-sized, analog, tome is enough for him. As an added bonus, if we ever get lost and technology fails us, we can always pull “the book” from it’s cozy spot between the passenger seat and the center console and read a map, retro-style, like they did in the 90′s.
4. Adventure: With its glossy yellow cover adorned with a beautiful photo of some majestic vista from a national landmark, a road atlas promises fun family trips filled with picnics, random pit-stops, photos at tourist traps and trinkets from weird gift shops. He has introduced me to the beauty of The West and I can’t wait for us to share that with our children together.
5. Knowledge: I’m one of the lost generation when it comes to geography but my husband is a human atlas. For fun, his dad would test the children on the state capitals at the dinner table. I remember teasing him when we met. “Oh, that DOES sound like fun.” But he has started doing it with Clare and, guess what, it is fun. She loves it. She giddily yells out “Santa Fe!” and “Oklahoma City!” and… wait, what’s the capital of Montana? yikes.
Don’t get me wrong, if a new high-tech gadget or a night at the ballpark were attached, he wouldn’t be disappointed. He loves “the good stuff” too, but the road atlas is what pulls at my heart strings.
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