Don’t be a tool, just give your dad a big hug

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Mi­randa Mur­phy is a mother of three and a jour­nal­ist at The Aus­tralian. Fol­low her on Twit­ter @mur­phymi­randa

IF YOU’VE been to the shops or watched any com­mer­cial TV re­cently you will be aware that Fa­ther’s Day is upon us on Sun­day.

Like Valen­tine’s Day and now Hal­loween, Fa­ther’s Day has gone from be­ing a fairly re­laxed oc­ca­sion when we were kids to be­ing hyped into a mas­sive re­tail mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­nity.

(Mother’s Day, how­ever, is a sa­cred date on our cul­tural cal­en­dar and I will not hear a word against it.)

It is a pity that many ad­ver­tise­ments for the per­fect Fa­ther’s Day present don’t seem to have caught up with our ex­pec­ta­tions of mod­ern, sen­si­tive fa­ther­hood.

It’s still all power tools and booze and crass cards. Com­bine these sug­ges­tions and on Sun­day you’ve got a dad with a beer in one hand and a buzz saw in the other and a trip to hos­pi­tal an hour later. In a bar­be­cue apron with boobs on it. cally mis­shapen draw­ings of him­self and enough dodg­ily dec­o­rated Dad mugs to give that whole army cups of tea.

Since nei­ther I nor the kids are any good in the kitchen, he gets up to cook us all spe­cial break­fast. Be­cause he works on Sun­days, the whole thing’s over by 10am.

This may sound like a bit of a raw deal. But in fact most dads I know re­ally would like just one thing for Fa­ther’s Day: a hug. And if they have teenagers, a few un­mut­tered words.

My dearly de­parted Dad was quite keen on Fa­ther’s Day; for him it would sim­ply bring new ugg boots, some cho­co­late bis­cuits and a cap­tive au­di­ence to hear his latest strat­egy in the footy tip­ping com­pe­ti­tion.

So to any­one who is a dad or has a dad, or dad-like fig­ure, I hope that your Fa­ther’s Day is a happy one ... and that ev­ery­one takes care with power tools.

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