There’s an easy portion of dads for whom this is a simple equation: Your child or children, most likely with a not-insubstantial assistance from mum, will provide some measure of thought or consideration. Perhaps a card, gift or meal. As someone who was previously philosophically opposed to these kind of days, deriding them as card company gimmicks, I can’t wait.
But it’s worth giving a thought to those for whom Father’s Day is prone to more mixed feelings. Those whose fathers or children are no longer with them, and those like myself that are soon to be fathers but are still hoping everything is going to be okay. Those, like myself, who suddenly find themselves superstitious, over-cautious and furiously optimistic, trying not to give voice to fears that are totally out of our control. Wondering whether having a little tipple to celebrate Father’s Day is being dangerously pre-emptive, or just natural excitement for what’s to come.
Maybe a bit of both. So, for now, whatever your paternal circumstances: Bottoms Up!