It’s Father’s Day and Alex has resolved to spend the morning viewing an old family photo album. Flipping through the album, his eyes caught a picture that brought back fond memories — a photo of his late Dad seated in the living room with him and his younger sister. He was about 7 years old then while his sister was 4 years.
Tears rolled down his eyes as he remembered his Dad’s love, care and sacrifices over the years. More tears rolled down when he remembered his inability to cater for his Dad before his untimely demise to strangulated Hernia. Only N80,000 was needed for the operation but Alex, perhaps in youthful exuberance, decided that purchasing a car was more important than attending to the dire medical condition of his Dad.
“Nothing will happen to you Papa” he assured his Dad on the phone when informed that the situation was critical. However, what Alex didn’t know was that his Father won’t make it alive the following week. His Dad ended up dying, leaving Alex to regret his ill-thought decision. Perhaps, had he devoted both time and finance to his late father, he might have saved his life.
Do not be like Alex whose fond memories of his Dad evokes painful regrets. Celebrate your Father today while alive and reap the blessings that come with it. Here, we’ve compiled eight best ways to show your Dad love on Father’s Day.
1. Buy Him an Annuity Plan
Is your Dad approaching retirement age? Do you know you can purchase an Annuity on his behalf so he doesn’t rely on pension or suffer from penury after retirement? When you buy an annuity for someone, that Individual becomes the annuitant. An annuity is typically a contract between an annuitant (policyholder) and the insurance company whereby the annuitant deposits a lump sum to the insurance company which ensures a fixed sum is paid to him by the insurer at an agreed frequency (e.g Monthly, Quarterly) usually for the rest of the annuitant’s life. However, payment ceases upon the unfortunate death of the annuitant.
2. Spend Lovely Time with Him
Plan a special day or activity to spend time with your Dad. It could be going for a picnic, watching his favorite movie, or simply having a heartfelt conversation. Remember, the most important aspect is to express your love and gratitude sincerely.
3. Write a Heartfelt Letter
Take the time to write a sincere letter expressing your love and gratitude for your Dad. Share specific memories or moments that have meant a lot to you. Handwritten letters often carry a personal touch and can be treasured for years to come.
4. Give a Thoughtful Gift
Consider your Dad’s interests and hobbies when selecting a gift. It could be something he has been wanting, a music album by his favorite musician, a gadget he would enjoy, or even a personalized item that holds sentimental value.
5. Create a Photo Album
Compile cherished family photos and create a photo album for your Dad. You can include captions, stories, and memories associated with each photo. It’s a heartfelt gift that he can look back on for years to come.
6. Plan a Surprise Event
Organize a surprise event that your Dad would enjoy. It could be a special Father’s Day party, tickets to a sports game, a music concert, or a visit to a place he’s always wanted to go. Your Dad will appreciate this gesture that comes from your heart which shows your thoughtfulness.
7. Help with Home Tasks or Chores
Offer to assist your Dad with tasks or chores around the house. It could be gardening, cleaning the garage, or fixing something that needs attention. Taking the initiative to help him out will demonstrate your love and appreciation.
8. Safeguard His Health with Health Insurance
Give your Dad the gift of good health with a Health Insurance plan. Since old age comes with frail health, you can help your Dad live longer by giving him access to medical checkups and treatment for illnesses. Additionally, you can also safeguard his life with Personal Accident Insurance if he frequently plies the road. The plan covers the loss of life, bodily injury or permanent disability arising from an accident.
Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to express love and appreciation to your Dad. Since Fatherhood isn’t a day job, it takes wits and sacrifices to cater for the needs of the family. This is why Fathers deserve every accolade than what we give to them in society. Whether in old age or good health, celebrating our Fathers when alive is the best gift we can offer them.