In case you haven’t checked your calendar, Sunday is Father’s Day.
And since I’m personally not ready—or mature enough—to be a dad quite yet, the best thing for everyone is to just live vicariously through the other one’s we know and love so much.
Even though my dad called me last week just to tell me that he went for a bike ride and thought that he may or may not have pulled something while doing it, I couldn’t help but hear him through.
So for all those dad’s out there, we raise the nearest glass and shout out a toast, because these are some ways to celebrate you this weekend.
Put Down the Phone
While most people might be thinking that this is the exact opposite of what you’re supposed to do—listen up.
This isn’t in reference to picking up the cell and calling your dad for the first time in a few months.
No, this means that, if you go visit him, you put down the phone and just spend quality time together.
Instead of texting significant others, checking social media or browsing the Internet, leave the phone at home and just listen to the guy who made you.
Get Him Something Nice
This should already have happened by now, but if it hasn’t, than it’s time to get on it.
I remember back in fifth grade doing something like a coupon book for him, where my dad would get a break from mowing the lawn, washing the car or taking out the trash by me.
Now that you’re all grown up, though, sacrifice a night out on the town and go get him something that will remind him why you’re the best damn kid he has ever had.
Look, to be completely blunt, part of having a good Father’s Day is taking some time to remind everyone around you why you love your dad so much—which means making him bashful a little bit.
Whether that means putting together the funniest pictures of him while you were growing up or blasting questionable fashion choices he had when he was your age all over Facebook, this should be something that makes him smile and not get too upset with you over.
Think of it as a best man’s speech—lighthearted, clever and witty.
Actually Go and Visit Him
While some of these other things will surely surprise your dad, the one thing that probably completely catches him off-guard is when you pack up some bags and head home to see him for the entire weekend.
Sure, it’s supposed to just be Father’s Day, but what better way to decompress from a crazy work week than seeing the faces of your parents for a few days?
Even if it’s a hassle and an expensive flight to get there, if you really want to show your dad some serious love, you’ll put aside some cash and plan a mini vacation to see him.
Tell Him You Love Him
This should be so self-explanatory it’s not even funny—yet some people may forget it.
All of these other things will show him that you love him, but when he hears it, it will mean a hell of a lot more.
Cards, photos, gifts and all that other stuff will eventually get lost or thrown away. Hearing his son or daughter say, “I love you” won’t, so remember to say it.