Grab a couple of gloves and a ball and ask your dad to play catch with you just like you did years ago. You may not have the same coordination as in the past, but it will be fun nonetheless. And you know what? It's not even the act of throwing and catching that will make this gift memorable -- it's the quality time and conversation you'll have while doing it that he'll remember.
This week, in anticipation of Father's Day, HuffPost was full of Dad-related content of all sorts, from gift ideas (believe it or not, some dads are hoping for nose clippers) to moving accounts of losing -- and finding -- a father. What's the best way to fete a dad today? Buy him a book? Turn his old tie into an iPod cover? Any of these might work, depending on the dad, but ultimately it's the quiet celebration of an authentic child/father connection that's most important. Which means: The perfect Father's Day gift is far more likely to be the heartfelt hug, handshake, or cuddle that evolves organically with no help from Hallmark -- or even HuffPost.
This Sunday is my third-ever Father's Day -- and if I'd initially gotten my way, I might not have had any yet. When my wife and I first started discussing trying to get pregnant -- or, as I put it then, "not actively preventing it" -- my argument amounted to: "of course, but later." And I would have thought little of the gains back then, the notion that parental pleasures -- Daft Punk dance parties, blowing bubbles in the backyard, teaching your kid to use chopsticks, rolling around together on a bed covered in clean laundry, music and swimming classes -- might be comparable. But somehow they are.