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As we go through life, our views of Dad changes. As a toddler, he is the strongest man on earth and can make you feel safe when you are in his arms.
During your school years, he is the guy that goes to work (only we don't know for sure what he does there) and he can fix everything that needs repair.
As we become teenagers, he is the guy that still goes to work and pays the bills. He is also the holder of the car keys, but most important, he is our 'bank'. There are times when he also seconds as mom's backup when we mess up!
We find out through life, that dear old dad doesn't really talk much, mom does most of the disciplining (which is really the best for us), but he always seems to step in at the last minute to lay down the law and get things back under control.
Then, we mature and learn that Dad has tons of knowledge that we never knew about. He understands problems that we have, he always has an extra hand to help us out and repair things, his strong arms still make us feel safe and he is still the one that we talk to in order to get things under control. Isn't it funny how history repeats itself?
Now, keep in mind that this man doesn't ask for much. As long as he has clothes for work and nice looking pair of jeans for everyday, a warm winter coat for winter and one 'state-of-the-art' something or other for his hobby, he is content.
Does this cause a problem for us to find something special? Not at all!
Dads give a lot of hints and don't realize it. It could be the gleam in his eye when he tells you about a friend that has the newest fishing pole on the market. Maybe the hint will come when he complains about arthritis bothering him when he uses a screwdriver and tries to get the screw tight. Can't you just picture the look on his face when he see's a new power screwdriver and drill combo in his gift box?
It could be Dad is having a hard time taking care of his prize garden. Just think how handy it would be for him if he had raised beds, a garden weasel or a small roto tiller.
Every Dad, no matter what his hobby is, has a special place in his heart for his vehicle whether it is a truck, car or SUV. He keeps it in tip-top running condition and baby's it all the time. Wouldn't it be nice to give him gift certificates for a once a month washing and waxing, an appointment for a detailing job or to have the upholstery cleaned! In this day and age, a gift certificate for gas isn't out of the question either.
I bet any Dad would be happy to see his garage organized so he can finally find all of the things that he has been looking for. It could mean adding shelves, a storage cabinet, holders for yard tools or hand tools, and a storage area for extension cords or maybe some new garbage cans. Now, keep in mind that we are talking about 'Dad' here and we know that he won't go and buy any of these things himself. As his kids, it is our job to take over the reins a little and learn from his great example and 'get things back under control', the same way that he used to do. Spend a day with good old Dad and help him set up his garage with all of his new 'toys' and top it off with a pizza or hotdogs for supper.
Every Dad has something special that they care about and cherish and, of course, their kids are number one on the list. An updated photo and a small one for his wallet (just for bragging about) is always a good idea. ON THE OTHER HAND, how about getting him a digital camera so he can take all of the pictures that he wants along with whoever owns the computer, willing to run them off for him.
If all else fails, you can always give him a cherished memory and that to Dad would be a day of your time once in a while, just to do some rebonding and relive memories. See if your memories are the same as Dad's, you will be surprised at how both of you saw the same circumstance in a different way.
For the Dad that is the 'Chef of the House', a new grill, an apron that says 'Dad's Kitchen-Stay Out', a new cooking pot with a recipe and the ingredients are always a big plus!
Dad's are only 'thanked' once a year, but it can be a day that puts a smile on his face for 365 days and then you can do it again.
Jan Hayner offers tips, hints and shortcuts on organizing and cleaning solutions. At Organizing Your Life THE EASY WAY.com. Get her free pamphlets and checklists to help guide you to taking control of your home or office.

posted on: 5/30/2008 10:00:00 AM by Jan Hayner
category: Homes

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Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer and the creator of www.organizingandcleaning.com filled with tips and hints on home organizing and house cleaning shortcuts. After years and years of making mistakes and wasting money she has used her own experiences to help take the stress out of life. There are so many shortcuts to cleaning and organizing, that when you apply them, you will have time for the fun things in life!

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