The modern day mother and father now comes in various forms. No longer are fathers the traditional married breadwinner and disciplinarian in the family. My family is a product of the times, where my dad and mom wore many hats and often had overlapping roles. In honor of Father’s Day, here are a few tips my dad taught me about making a home that I am forever thankful for.
As a child I was always jealous of the kids that got to buy lunch from the cafeteria. Looking back, I am extremely grateful I didn’t have to eat half defrosted chicken nuggets every day. Thank you, Dad. Yes, my dad made my siblings and I lunches every day for school because my mom worked early in the morning and that’s just how it worked out. What I remember the most about these lunches was the little notes he would put in them with loving and encouraging words. This continued into my high school years and if I could, I would have had my dad make me lunches in college. Judge if you want but you haven’t tried one of my dad’s PB & J’s. The best part was, Dad gives not one but two gummy snacks… and if Mom asked about them, the extra was to… “share with our friends”!
While most people hire gardeners to upkeep their landscape, my Dad to this day does it all. How my Dad keeps his lawn the greenest on block I will never know, but he did teach my brother and I how to push a lawn mower around. It was probably my least favorite summer, ever. Every two weeks my brother and I had the pleasure of taking turns on lawn duty. Looking back, I see my dad was trying to teach us discipline, hard work and responsibility around the house, all characteristics that I hope to instill in my kids someday.
It is truly comical to go furniture shopping with my dad. Without fail, he always gravitates towards the biggest, brownest, most comfortable couch on the sale rack. I’m certainly not praising my dad’s eye for home decor, but rather appreciating his practical nature. If it was solely up to my Mom we would have been sitting on a designer couch that’s hard as bricks, and nothing is worse than that. With that in mind, my parents would meet somewhere in the middle between aesthetics and comfort. So thank you Dad for allowing me to come home from soccer practice and relax on a little slice of heaven after a long day.
Clean Blinds and Widows
Now my dad wouldn’t want me to use the word obsession, but for lack of a better term, I’m going to. My dad is obsessed with cleaning windows and blinds. This wasn’t like a spring cleaning type thing, it was more like an every two weeks take off all the window screens and apply dusting spray to all of the blinds type of thing. Another one of my favorite pastimes growing up, window and blinds cleaning day! I can hear my dad now, “do you want to be sick from breathing in all that dust and all those germs? Get cleaning.” On a serious note, thanks to my dad I now have a phobia of a cloud of dust blanketing my blinds. If you’re reading this and starting to taste the dust you’re breathing in from your blinds, check out 3 Day Blinds window treatment cleaning tips to put your mind and lungs at ease.
Embrace a Home’s Character
One weekend my Mom was out of town and my brother and I were fairly young and spent the day painting on canvases outside on our driveway. When Dad went inside to watch the rest of the football game, my brother and I got creative and took the paint to the driveway. We then invited our neighbors over to join in on the fun and before we knew it looked like one of Michelangelo’s masterpieces covering the driveway. Accept our angels were depicted with dragons, leprechauns and unicorns, but same idea.
Amidst our creative paint session my father came out to check on us, I don’t recall his initial reaction but I distinctly remember him partaking in the painting activity. Needless to say when my Mom returned she was furious but my Dad somehow was able to convince her that the art brought our house character. For one whole year I was able to brag about being the house on the street with the driveway adorned with angels and dragons. While this was an extreme incident of character in a home I think every home has a little bit of character that makes their house a home and I appreciate that my Dad embraced this.
These are just a few tips my father taught me growing up about homemaking that I will forever cherish. 3 Day Blinds wishes all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day!