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Chuck Hinman: Father's Day - June 20, 2004. Chuck swells with pride and hopes in the days left to him to become the Father the card writers wrote about.
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By Chuck Hinman

Father's Day - June 20, 2004

Father's Day is traditionally celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Following tradition we will honor Dads on June 20, 2004. Most of us men at Tallgrass lost our Dads many years ago, and if any celebration is to be had it will be in our honor.

As a Father, what do you anticipate your family will do to honor "your" day?

Getting a pricey card on Father's Day

My son and daughter, both of whom live nearby will bring me a pricey Hallmark Father's Day greeting card because they know from tradition that I look at the back of the card before reading the sentiment, to see if they still "CARED ENOUGH TO GIVE THE VERY BEST" -- Hallmark's famous slogan [actually: When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best]. On Father's Day especially, neither kid will give me a funny card. The cards will be dripping with emotion, the kind that would bring tears to your eyes if half the things the card said were true. Both are a chip off the old block when they make up with a beautiful, emotion-gripping expensive card for any slights from the previous year. It works! I would give them the farm on Father's Day if I had one!

I would like to see the men that most of the card writers envision when they compose these cards. Don't get me wrong. I swell with pride and hope in the days left to me to become the Father the card wrote about. Kisses and hugs are in order after the card ceremony.

Gathering for a traditional meal before the card ceremony

Over the years our family traditionally gathered for a Sunday meal after church, followed by the card ceremony. This year will be no different. I would suspect that my children will gather here at Tallgrass Estates for dinner to honor me. I will be delighted at the honor and will remember privately and nostalgically some former key members of our family not present at this joyous occasion.

My attention will soon be diverted to the laughter and good food. As the meal progresses, I personally will swell with pride and remembrance of what my family means to dear ole Dad! The Lord knew what he was doing when he created families for our pleasure!

Wearing colored or white flowers to honor living and deceased dads

The only thing that has changed over the years is this. When I was a boy, our family always attended church on Father's Day Sunday. We honored our Dads by wearing a colored flower as a boutonniere if our Dad was living and a white flower if our Dad was deceased.

We couldn't afford a boutonniere purchased from a floral shop so Mom did the honors. A rosebud out of our yard was frequently used as the colored flower and a little sprig of spirea for the white flower. Mom would "doll-up" the flower with a little dab of ribbon -- just enough that we "men" weren't embarrassed to wear it! We wore the flower with pride in respect to dear ole Dad!

Here's wishing you a happy, meaningful Father's Day on June 20, 2004.

Written by Chuck Hinman for Tallgrass Tales. Emailed Tuesday, 18 May 2004.

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