This year marks my fourth Father's Day as a father. It's hard to believe. I have been thinking about the concept of Father's Day lately. I think it is a good thing to honor our parents. They do a lot for us, and this is a way to give a tiny bit back to them. Being on the receiving end of this day is still pretty new though. Not that I mind getting presents from my boys, because I do. I just feel weird still.

Father's Day has always been about my dad, and my grandpas. When Father's Day comes around I tend to defer to what my dad wants to do. I don't usually plan the day, though technically I am entitled to. I suppose I miss my grandpa who passed just before my son was born, and maybe that affects the way I want my dad to enjoy all the honor due him. Maybe I just see him as a really good dad.

The fact that my wife's birthday is so close to Father's Day makes a difference too. I am usually planning her party or something to surprise her with, and don't often think about what I want to do. I really don't mind it, since I enjoy surprising her.

This year her birthday is on Thursday. I am too busy with work, so I can't take it off. She is going to meet my mom at Disneyland with the boys so she can get her gift card courtesy of Disney. We are season passholders, so instead of the free admission, we get a $70 gift card for our birthdays. Not a bad gig. We will have dinner with her girlfriends Friday, and then my parents are coming up for the weekend. Just a nice weekend at the beach, and some grilling in the plans. I hope the weather stays nice. For me, nice means overcast or rainy. I have really been enjoying the weather lately.

Hopefully my kids will enjoy honoring their father the way I do mine. Thanks to my wife I certainly get better loot than my dad got when I was a kid. He had to pretend a package of cashews or Jr Mints was the best gift ever. This year she started giving me the gifts a little early. She said there were several, so she was making it a Father's Week instead. So far she gave me a summer vented safari-type hat and a book on BBQ sauces and rubs. So far so good. We have already used the book a couple times.

So, Father's Day is here again, and my boys get to spend more time with their grandpa. I think it should be a good time for all. I know I will have fun.

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