Have You Ever Thanked Your Father?

sepia vintage photograph of father and toddler son fishing


Unable to attend the funeral after his father died, a son who lived far away called his brother and told him, “Do something nice for Dad and send me the bill.”

Later, he got a bill for $200.00, which he paid. The next month, he got another bill for $200.00, which he also paid, figuring it was some incidental expense.

Bills for $200.00 kept arriving every month, and finally the man called his brother again to find out what was going on.

“Well,” said the other brother, “you said to do something nice for Dad. So I rented him a tuxedo.”

We’ve all given our fathers some pretty poor gifts in the past.  Pledge not to give him any more.  The best gift?  Your time.  Call him and set aside some time in the next six months where you both can get away and enjoy yourselves.  And make sure you sneak a “thank you” in there somewhere.

Family First President, Mark Merrill, shares how he told his father “thank you” for his 80th birthday.  Then, take the time to let your dad know how you feel.  Here are the 10 ways to tell your dad thank you. 

Huddle up with your father tonight and ask:  Where would you like to go, just the two of us?

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