It's that time of year again — time to shop for a Father's Day card. In most stores you'll find the usual sad array of golf jokes, images of neckties, and cheesy poetry, along with a slew of cards proclaiming BEST DAD EVER! over images of prize ribbons. Isn't there a less embarrassing way to tell your dad you love him and you appreciate everything he's done for you?
How about writing him a letter?
Most of us have aren't in the habit of letter-writing these days, but a personal letter from you will mean more to your father than any store-bought card or gift.
But what exactly do you say?
Start by exploring some memories of your father. What little (or big) things did he do that have meant a lot over the years? Do you have happy memories of spending time with him? What did he teach you that you especially value now? What activities did you enjoy together?
These don't have to be life-changing events. Everyday things like listening to music or doing chores can mean a lot. Was there a time he comforted you when you were upset? A piece of advice that has turned out to be important? A time he made a sacrifice for you?
Your most cherished memories might be things your father doesn't even know you remember. Sharing those with him will mean the world to him. If you let your dad know the difference he's made in your life, your letter can be something that he'll want to keep forever.
Still not sure how to get started? These tips can help: