June 20th. Just around the corner! That is the day when we celebrate Father’s day here in the US.
I have only great memories of my own father, who passed away way too early (when I was 14 years old). In my heart I remember him as a very hard working, intelligent, generous and family oriented person with a good sense of humor and an always positive attitude. My parents were immigrants and were clearly very different than the parents in the ritzy part of Stockholm where I grew up. Growing up I always felt like an outsider. But maybe that is exactly what I needed to become strong and independent and to learn to not be afraid of things or people who are different.
Much later in life I found my soul mate – the love of my life. And as no surprise to myself – he is very much like my own father! So, the goodness continues.
A couple of years ago – on Father’s day – I started placing a framed photo of my father on the kitchen table next to some beautiful flowers. And I told my children about their Grandfather. This year I will do the same with Peter’s father who passed away 12 years ago and who I never had the opportunity to meet and love. It is about time that they meet! I know that our fathers would have gotten a long wonderfully. They are probably talking about us now!
We only do little things on Father’s day at our house. But we do make sure that family quality time with Dad (the best on the planet – I insist!) gets highest priority. A good brunch is a given, small handmade gifts and cards from the kids and a small little gift from me. I have not made up my mind yet but here are some good gift candidates:
1) A membership to a local wine tasting class. (Hey, I would only benefit from that!)
2. A good quality key holder or wallet. Something that only looks better overtime. (Yes, go ahead. You may call me a snob when it comes to small leather goods!)
Key holder: Tod’s via Neiman Marcus
3. A backyard hammock. (It would quickly turn into everybody else’s favorite spot!). This one from LL Bean.
4. Electric salt & pepper mills. (My husband is so good with the pots & pans!). Via Williams-Sonoma.
5. Monogrammed BBQ tools (hey, why not!). Via Williams-Sonoma.
6. A Thermometer fork. Via Williams-Sonoma.
7. Stieg Larsson’s best selling books. My Swedish contribution!
Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist. Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy “The Millenium-series” which were published posthumously; “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest”.
Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010), and he was the second bestselling author in the world 2008. Also, if you have a chance see the movie – the Swedish, original one. It is fantastic!
Anything good you have up the sleeve and would like to share? Don’t be shy now! We are all looking for great gift ideas!
Photo credit: Image 1. Flickr, Image 2. Weheartit, Image 3. Flickr, Image 4. Unknown (sorry!), Image. 10+ 11 stieglarsson.com