I’d be a liar if I said that my childhood dream was to be a writer. While, some kids have a strong sense of direction, my career paths were always fleeting, varying month to month, with the exception of a year-long period when I wanted to be the Little Mermaid.
As I got older, I realized that it wasn’t the things I wanted to be when I was younger that had stuck with me. Instead, it was the things I was exposed to through my childhood education that I found the most compelling. At home, my parents had constantly read to me, forcing me to fall in love with worlds and people outside the comfort of my suburban life. In elementary school, we had a special talk about art once a week, exposing me to new ideas and outlets for creative expression. And as the looming date of entering college drew near, I realized that I had a choice: be a writer or an artist?
Initially, I made the wrong decision, suffered through three painful years of art college, and eventually understood that I was not cut out for visual arts. Since I was still writing diligently in a journal, decided to execute Plan B and pursue a literary degree.
Confession: I cannot hold chopsticks properly. Somehow, I weave my middle finger between the two sticks, bestowing little control, and allowing me to navigate my food anywhere but into my mouth. Due to this deficiency, I no longer allow myself to go out to sushi bars, Chinese restaurants, hibachi places, or any such establishment where my ineptitude is displayed.
But this is a conundrum, as I dearly love sushi. So, on a quest to remedy my problem, I began to wonder who in the world created these sticks, and where the rest of flatware came from. Initially, I thought that chopsticks were probably the oldest utensils since they seem the most simplistic, but I was way off…by thousands of years.
Hands down, spoons take the cake as the oldest eating utensil, next to fingers, of course. Spoons can be dated back to the Paleolithic period, before the woolly rhinoceroses went extinct. In other words, they’ve been around for a while. It’s thought that the spoon most likely originated in southern Europe. The Greek and Latin words for “spoon” come from the word cochlea, meaning a spiral shaped snail shell, so you can then guess what the first spoons were made of. In ancient Egypt, spoons were made mainly of ivory, flint, slate, and different woods, while Greeks and Romans fashioned theirs out of bronze and silver. In Medieval times, spoons were made of cow horns, wood, brass and pewter. Of course, there were fancy ones too, made of silver and gold, but they were reserved for nobles and royalty.
Before you came along, your dad was sort of a regular guy. He may have had long hair and been a regular at the local dive where he spent every night living his “dream” of becoming a pool shark. Before you, your dad may have listened to his music too loudly, spent his days off at the beach with mom, and gone out every Friday night. Before you, his ambitions may have been outlandish – reaching into space with astronauts or plunging deep into the ocean with scuba divers. But things changed. Life was no longer about staying up late and getting out of work early. It became all about you.
Your father has dedicated all of these years to you, making sure you’re provided for, safe, and happy. This amazing love deserves some recognition, which is why we have Father’s Day, but this year, take the time to recognize exactly why your dad is amazing – because he is. Our fathers have done things for us over the years that when we’re younger, we don’t understand, but in retrospect, we comprehend the immeasurable love they have for us and what an amazing gift that is.
He’s Your Biggest Fan
Remember when you went through “that phase?” Well, your dad still loved you and thought you were adorable, didn’t he? Yeah, that’s because our dads will always think we’re great (it’s sort of an unwritten law). Our dads brag about us, congratulate us on our achievements, and are proud of our accomplishments. If it was a fad to wear buttons expressing sentiments towards their children, you’d probably think that ½ the world’s youths were running for president.
The Perfect Gifts for the Perfect Guy
Though they’ll say it’s the other way around, we know men are no picnic to shop for. No man lusts after yet another button down shirt and really, how many bad ties does one guy need? If your dad is techy, then sure, go for some cool new invention, but not all even understand texting yet. And, as always, there’s the issue of money. For those of us who can’t afford an all-expenses paid trip for Dad to Europe, our options are fewer – but that doesn’t mean he has to like his gift any less, we just have to be smarter about what we’re getting. It’s said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach…and based on experience, I’d say it’s pretty accurate. So, this year for Father’s Day, try out gifts that unite your #1 guy’s favorite pastimes with the tastes he loves most:
Because He Eats Like a Man…
For reasons I’ll never be able to comprehend, men love to grill. So, help them get to it. Give Dad a gift that allows to get his grill on. Gifts like our Barbecue Boss Basket give Dad all the rubs and marinades he needs to create delicious meals like never before. Not so sure of the tools he’s got? Check out our Father’s Day Grilling Gift Basket which includes not only gourmet marinades and rubs, but all the tools required to man the grill. And don’t underestimate the power of steaks. Would I be a little leery of someone sending me a steak? Yeah, but guys really like them. In fact, they’re listed in the top 10 Father’s Day gifts on AskMen.com, and we’ve got plenty on our site to choose from.
…Drinks like a Man…
Everyone knows that man’s best friend is a dog – but puppies aren’t really the greatest presents. Second best mate? Beer, of course. But then, buying Dad a six pack doesn’t really cut it for Father’s Day. So, we’ve created beer baskets that combine unique brews with gourmet treats – so his night’s ready to go. Whether he’s a microbrew kind of guy, enjoys different tastes from around the world, or prefers beers specifically from Ireland, we’ve got the right arrangement of drinks and snacks for your hero.