Father’s Day was always difficult with my ex-husband. As was his birthday, which is also in early June – making it a 2X challenge to figure out what to give him. You see, he is a simple man with uncomplicated needs. Completely non-materialistic. He enjoys his geek paraphernalia, but generally buys what he needs when he needs it.
Every year, it was a struggle for the kids and i to figure out something useful, thoughtful and appropriate*. Last year, i was off the hook – and the kids managed just fine with books, movies and music. The Girl was home over the past few days, and we were continuing the discussion of how best to deal with his live-in girlfriend – maintaining peace and harmony – when the subject of Father’s Day came up.
In a moment of evil brilliance, i hit upon the perfect gift for the man who lives with a barking bitch: Noise Canceling Headphones! The Girl liked this – and was seriously considering whether they could pull it off with sufficient innocence. Rather than use a gift as a Pit Bull Teasing Stick, she moved on to other ideas.
Hopefully they won’t revisit the gift idea they’d had for the girlfriend last Christmas – a one-way bus ticket to Detroit!
* The year we divorced, i decided to get him the Mother of all Father’s Day gifts – and somehow managed to find a snow blower. In June.