Fathers day is rounding the corner and for those of us celebrating it, it looks like it will be another month of having to creatively celebrate things, particularly if you live in a COVID-19 hotspot. No one wants to expose their parents to coronavirus, especially if they are over 70, so for many of us, the Fathers Day activities will look a bit different this year once your gift-giving is out of the way.
If you're asking me, the binary can show itself out, so you'll find no such 'bro down with dad' advice here - just good wholesome fun to show a parental or mentor figure in your life that you value quality time together. Below, are five sweet ways to celebrate with Dad.
Make something together
If you are able to safely be close to your father/father figure/parent, making something together is always a great way to spend quality time together with a reward at the end. My favourite thing to do with my dad is fold tortellini together, it takes forever if you are making a large batch, and once sent up, you can sit at the kitchen table and chat or listen to music together for hours.
Have a virtual hang out
At this point, I'd rather walk a thousand miles with a pebble in my shoe than participate in another social Zoom, but for those of us who live far from their parents or it simply isn't safe to visit, it's sadly one of our only options. My advice to make it less dreaded for both parties is to agree on an activity you'll be doing together but on your own. AKA if you are going to make something, don't be yelling tips to each other only for your voices to be lost in the void, follow the instructions or recipe on your own, and chat quietly about the progress of each. Still sad, but kinda fun.
Take a class together
Again, if it is safe to physically hang/venture out, taking a class together where you can learn something new and spend quality time is always a sweet idea. Among my favourites are classes at The Pottery Shed, where you can do single sessions or reoccurring classes (which IMO is more wholesome) and learn to throw pots together. It's meditative and productive.
Send a letter
Not really an activity, but a gesture that often means more. If you can't be with your family this year, instead of sending a text, send a heartfelt letter showing how much said person means to you. When actions can't speak for you, let your words do the talking.
Do something outdoorsy
Not because men are better equipped for the outdoors, but because safely hanging out outside is less risky than chilling indoors amid a pandemic. This could include going for a socially distanced, lengthy walk, renting paddleboards or kayaks, having a picnic, or in my case, refurbishing your old chicken coop together and learning that drilling holes is actually something you have potential to go pro with.
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