June 15 is Father’s Day. It’s only 10 days away and I’m already worrying about what to get dear ol’ Dad. Hallmark and Sears are playing it up as much as Mother s Day, but we all know it’s not the same thing. Getting gifts and cards for mothers is easy. You can make a card or a drawing yourself or buy flowers and chocolates. My Mother just loves going out to eat with the family. She never got much of a chance raising seven children. But buying for Dad is different. Give him a bouquet of flowers and he’ll look at you funny. Growing up, I always thought that my Dad loved every Father s Day gift I gave him until I found them in his bureau drawer. I was looking for a pair of socks or something and pulled out the heavy bottom drawer. There were hundreds of Avon aftershaves and colognes and soap-on-a-rope that we had given him over the years. All were unopened and untouched. I just stood there agape. “If he said that he liked them, then why didn’t he use them?” I thought. One gift might be an oversight, but multitudes stacked on top of each other weren’t. I shut the drawer and vowed not to show or tell my younger siblings. It would kill them. Like telling them about Santa Claus. But that drawer told me something about being a father. How you have to put on a Poker Face and pretend a lot around young kids. It wasn’t the cheap cologne, but the fact that his kids shopped for him and used their own money to buy the gifts. Then wrapped them and waited in anticipation for the right expression on his face. What’s more, Dad kept those Avon High Karate colognes all of those years. I kind of wish he still had them. They’d sell for a lot on eBay right now, especially unopened and in their original packages. Yet, after seeing that drawer, I don t think I ever gave him cologne for Father s Day again. Even when I could afford the good stuff like Polo or some other designer cologne that he liked.

“With the help of The Monterey Company, I designed a Father s Day pin.”

This year, however, I’m going to give him something special. Something that I made myself. Well, almost. With the help of The Monterey Company, I designed a Father s Day pin. Trust me, he won’t be expecting it. It shows a picture of all of his kids taken years ago on a Yellowstone vacation. The photo has remained on my fridge for years. I scanned it and sent it to The Monterey Company for ideas. My salesperson and designer suggested a printed pin in the shape of a heart. Our photo would be in the center and around the outside edge in all capital letters would say “Happy Father’s Day”. We didn’t need to sign our names. That would be too many words on a small pin. My Dad has 10 children between two marriages. But I’ll bet he’ll wear that pin longer than just Father s Day. Because it’s something that we made for him, and The Monterey Company made sure that it was tastefully done and made in the spirit of Father s Day.

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