My First Father's Day

I’m a terrible father.

I don’t remember my first Father’s Day. Zacharie was born May 31, 2007. Father’s Day was a few weeks later, June 17.

I don’t remember a thing about it.

I dont have any pictures from that day. I’ve got a lot from the hospital when Z was born. I’ve got a lot from the week after Father’s Day when we went to a street festival with friends. I’ve got nothing from my first Father’s Day.

I do remember my second Father’s Day, though.

I booked a trip to Calgary to visit my friend, eat steaks, and golf from June 14-16, 2008. We stayed up late, visited with friends, got up early, and traveled out to Kananaskis to play an incredible round of golf.

Father's Day Golf at Kananaskis

It wasn’t until a week before the trip that I even realized I had booked the vacation for Father’s Day weekend. My wife wasn’t impressed.

Lately, though, Father’s Day is firmly circled on the calendar and respected. It is the start of camping season with my sons. Every year we pack up and head out for a weekend in the wilderness alone. Just me and my kids. I relish the ritual of it. I look forward to the time away with the boys. I love that it’s the start of another summer with weekends spent unplugged and exploring.

Father’s Day means a lot to me (now). I can’t wait to get out and get after it with my boys.

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  1. Nate June 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I gave a pair of socks for fathers day which did not go well. The Parrot Bebop Drone & Controller Bundle would make up for it

  2. Lushka Smith June 2, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Probably the socks he got once again, but that Leatherman Tool would make up for it.

  3. Jonnie June 3, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    The tie I gave to my father who had never worn a tie in his life was a huge fail (I thought maybe he didn’t wear them because he didn’t have one) but the Parrot Bebop Drone and Controller would make up for it!

  4. Tina L. June 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I forgot to get a father’s day gift. The Sport Squad Foosball Game Table would certainly make up for it.

  5. Belinda McNabb June 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    I got him tickets to a concert. I was sure he liked the performer but in fact he did not. the TomTom Golfer GPS Watch would make up for that

  6. Amy Heffernan June 3, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    LOL I have one. Once i gave my father a do it yourself bird house kit and half the pieces were missing ๐Ÿ™ I know the Olympus Trooper Binoculars would make up for that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  7. Glogirl June 4, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I once gave my dad a rain guage for Father’s Day. Turns out my brother gave him one for Father’s Day too! The Olympus Trooper Binoculars would make up for this gift.

  8. antony bosch June 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I’ve missed a bunch of father’s days over the years. The Foosball table would certainly be some fun times!

  9. Krista M June 4, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    When we were young we made my dad a stained glass window craft . It had cheap little suction cups on it, was way too heavy, & within moments of putting it on it came sliding down with a big crash & broke. Fail. I’m pretty positive a GoPro Hero4 camera would make up for that (and every other childhood mistake)!

  10. Karla Sceviour June 4, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Ugly ties and/or socks are always a fail! The binoculars would make up for it!

  11. Josh S June 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    a mug….really a mug….sigh.

  12. Josh S June 4, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    a mug….really a mug….sigh. The GoPro would be a nice upgrade.

  13. Lee-Ann June 4, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Gave a tie from Walmart – had it in a henry singer box..forgot to take the tag off..the GoPro HERO4 Waterproof HD Camera would make me feel better to give!

  14. Andrew P June 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Haven’t had a Father’s Day fail yet, the Nest would help keep the streak alive!

  15. maria June 4, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Pants that were the wrong size! The Go Pro would make up for it!

  16. Brenda Penton June 5, 2015 at 3:40 am

    My biggest Father’s Day fail was buying my dad the same shirt I had purchased him the previous year! Oops! I think the Nest Learning Thermostat would make up for that.

  17. nicolthepickle June 5, 2015 at 10:48 am

    My kids made my father in law a craft full of puns last year, and he didn’t get it. At ALL. The darkside Ollie would totally make up for it though.

  18. Kristine Ewald June 5, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Usually clothes

  19. Rebby June 6, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I gave my dad a foot spa once…don’t think he’s ever used it. An Ollie would make up for it! He loves that sort of thing!

  20. David June 7, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    My dad would love this kobo

  21. em June 8, 2015 at 5:45 am

    my dad looks forward to big events on his bday and father’s day. we took him to bingo one year, no one won but he enjoyed all our company and money lol
    i know he would enjoy a smart watch since it’s the new in thing

  22. stephen gordon June 8, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Try to make a tie for dad out old material from a roll of fabric. Safe to say I can’t Sew.

  23. BlessedTA June 9, 2015 at 9:06 am

    soap on a rope

  24. ginette4 June 10, 2015 at 7:28 am

    I’ve given my father power tools for Father’s Day..a good Father’s Day gift would be the GoPro HERO4 Waterproof HD Camera

  25. Maria McLachlan June 10, 2015 at 11:09 am

    It seems that everything but beer is a fail when it comes to getting the right gift for Father-in-law but he doesn’t like to waste money on heating and might be good with the nest thermostat.

  26. kris labonte June 11, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Always had nice fathers days, but now he is gone, so we remember and celabrate

  27. Eldon L June 11, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    The GoPro HERO4 Waterproof HD Camera would make up for missing a celebration before

  28. Julia June 12, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    We usually only have a family dinner for fathers day so I think the GoPro HERO4 Waterproof HD Camera would make up for that .

  29. Serena Debolt June 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    #FathersDayFail a few years ago when I gave a “Beginners Guide to Flyfishing” book to an expert fly fisher Dad, who had won a few tournaments in his hometown. Yep, embarrasing.

  30. Serena Debolt June 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Sorry forgot to add which gift would make up for it – it would be the GoPro – so he can film his fishing!

  31. Jana L. June 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I gave him a tablet case one year… turns out he had gotten ride of his tablet 9 months ago. Whoops!

    I think the Parrot Bebop Drone and Controller would be the perfect gift to make up for it, since he loves these kinds of toys

  32. jessica s June 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    my #FathersDayFail was burning fathers day dinner.. i ruined very expensive steaks! I will never live it down! Tom Tom golfer watch would make up for it!

  33. Yuen C June 12, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    the GoPro HERO4 would make up for messing up the dates for Fathers Day before.

  34. Piroska June 13, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I once gave my dad what I thought was such a beautiful present–a bobbing-head mother tiger with cub, meant to go on the dash of the car. I was 10. He pretended to love it (good Dad that he was) and even put it in the car, for a while.
    The GoPro HERO4 Waterproof HD Camera would sure make up for it!! :o)

  35. Robyn Bellefleur June 13, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Wrong sized sweater. My dad would love the Olympus Trooper Binoculars.

  36. SUMMER PLEWES June 14, 2015 at 8:38 am

    I couldn’t even count the number of times us 6 kids got my father ties for fathers day. I think it was every single one until we were in our 30’s. Biggest fathers day fail ever.

    The golfer tom tom watch would make up for those ties I am sure!

  37. Nancy J Montgomery June 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    One year I gave my father a radio to use in the shower. Big fail. The TomTom Golfer GPS Watch – White/Bright Green would be a huge hit.

  38. Bons June 15, 2015 at 1:17 am

    It was probably the pair of shoes I got him. He didn’t quite like the style. I think he would like the GoPro HERO4 Waterproof HD Camera on your list as a gift.

  39. Angelica de la Rosa June 15, 2015 at 8:11 am

    I can just imagine my dad spending hours on the porch reading his world business articles from the Kobo!

  40. Will June 15, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I have pretty much forgotten my first Father’s Day as well. Aside from some fantastic frames with awesome memories, I have gotten some gifts that were more for work around the house than enjoyment. But the nest learning t- stat or the drone would make up for those gifts!

  41. Bo Simms June 15, 2015 at 10:58 am

    I have received a lot of father’s day gifts, which I appreciate them all no matter if it was a hand made card or a tie, or tools. But the Kobo Glo 6โ€ 2GB eReader with Wi-Fi from your list would make my day, so I could relax and read more.

  42. Barb W June 15, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Fail was a gift card, the win from this list would be the Foosball Table.

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