Dad, pops, pa, the old man – these are all typical ways in which we identify the fathers in our lives. In addition to these simple terms of endearment, certain cultural ‘dad-isms’ have persistently made their way into our collective consciousness. Dad jokes, dad bods, dad clothes – the ‘dad’ list is lengthy. Just as these dad fads are much loved and appreciated in our society, so too are the unwitting inspirations behind them.
I’m sure that I have irritated many a CAP Team member with my frequent use of the phrase “my dad always told me…”, but I’ve co
me to recognize how significant my own dad’s influence has been on my life. From campfire stories and changing car tires to my fondness of cycling and black coffee, I’m constantly being confronted by the scope of my dad’s direct and indirect teachings. It’s common for young people to fear becoming their parents, but I’m starting to realize it may not be as bad as it’s made out to be. As in many families, dad is often the punchline to an onslaught of unfair jokes, but he’s also the one we turn to first and the foundation we rely on when we are overwhelmed or in over our heads. It’s easy to forget that part of the reason we can poke fun at our fathers in the first place is because we know they are strong enough to take some good-natured ribbing every once and awhile.
Working with the CAP Team, we meet fathers of all varieties every single day: young fathers, old fathers, single fathers, new fathers, step-fathers, as well as all the women who step into the role of ‘father’ without a second thought when that responsibility needs to be filled. With Father’s Day fast approaching, it’s easy to get caught up wracking your brain thinking how to best show appreciation to the father figure in your life. Regardless of how you spend your Father’s Day this year, just try and do the simple things. Give him a call, give him a hug, give him some of your time (as he has probably given you a lot of his), and tell him how awesome he is. Oh, and in my experience a cold beer is never a bad idea. Happy Father’s Day from the CAP Team!
This article was written by Nathan Bymoen, Customer Care and Patrol (CAP) Team Member. Reach us at 250-572-3008/3009 or the Customer Care & Info Centre at 250-572-3017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (Downtownkamloops) and Twitter (@downtownkamloops) too!