Is Father's Day a "Day On" Or a "Day Off"?

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The reasons I get a Father's Day

My wife asked me what I wanted to do for Father’s Day yesterday.

Is it wrong that my inside voice said “golf?”

To be honest, I’m confused as to what Father’s Day / Mother’s Day is supposed to be about.

Yes, it’s a day to celebrate all that Mothers and Fathers do, but are we supposed to be giving them the day “off” or do we spend more time together?

If my dad was here, I’d probably take the day to go and fish with him and my boys. My dad lives an 11hr drive away, so we are all together about 3 times a year.

My grandfather lives with my parents, but if he were here, I’d sit on the couch with him and watch the final round of the US Open.

For me, as a son and grandson, spending time with my dads on Father’s Day would be important because I don’t get to see them as often as I once did.

For me, as a father, my first instinct was to ask for some time off. I’m lucky as I get to spend a lot of time with my boys. I’m a radio announcer. My hours on air are set, but my prep hours are flexible. I can drive my son to school, and be home in enough time to make dinner and have it on the table by 5.

Every weekend we go grocery shopping, hiking, geocaching, playgrounding, amusement parking, zooing, and more. I devote my free social time to my kids. I don’t have a ‘posse’ where I do ‘boys’ things. I spend time with my kids, and I love it.

So, as a Father’s Day request, my first reaction was to say – yeah, I’d like to go and golf on Sunday afternoon, and do something for me. Is that so wrong?

Thanks to Scott (@ThisDaddys_Blog) for inspiring my post with a similar one he wrote earlier this week. His choice was very different than mine – he’s choosing to spend time with his kids.

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