With Father’s Day fast approaching, notonthehighstreet.com have launched a #GetToKnowDad campaign for kids to think a little more about their dads this year. By answering a few questions, our little ones should get a better idea of who we are and what we’d really like as a gift. Perhaps our kids see us as part dad part rock star (washed-up has been), part dad part Olympian (never made it due to dodgy knees - apparently), or what I’m praying I’m seen as; part dad part beer connoisseur. There’s got to be something out there for us dads that’s better than yet another pair of novelty socks.
I asked my daughter Edie a few questions to help her think a little more about me, and here’s how she got on...
ME: What’s the coolest thing I’ve ever done?
EDIE: Took me to the Gruffalo Trail.
FEEDBACK: Hmm, ok, admittedly it was a better than average day, but surely I’ve done something cooler than that in my time? What about being in a super hip and cool band when I was younger? Nope, apparently not, so Gruffalo Trail it is.
ME: What is my favourite thing to do?
ME: What about football?
EDIE: Umm, kick the ball into the goal.
FEEDBACK: I don’t think I’ve kicked a ball into a goal for fifteen years, but if she thinks I’m some Berkshire-based Pele, I’ll take it.
ME: What’s the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever done?
EDIE: What does embarrassing mean?
ME: When I’ve done something silly or made a fool of myself.
EDIE: Umm, I don’t know because you’ve never done silly things.
ME: I never do silly things? Really?!
EDIE: Well, I know one thing; you pull funny faces. Silly faces like this…
FEEDBACK: That's just my normal face.
ME: What do I do for work?
EDIE: Look after the computers.
FEEDBACK: I like to think of myself as an aspiring novelist who happens to do a bit of IT work on the side (36 hours per week) to help with the bills.
ME: If I could have any job in the world, what would it be?
EDIE: Look after computers
ME: Looking after computers? Right.
FEEDBACK: She is the worst careers advisor ever.
ME: What makes me happy?
EDIE: Me and Arlo and mummy and the dogs.
ME: Ah, that’s nice.
FEEDBACK: I’m surprised she didn’t say looking after computers.
ME: What do I love doing?
EDIE: Watching the football.
FEEDBACK: Yeah, whenever the TV isn’t taken over by CBeebies, Disney, kids’ Netflix or some bonkers videos of kids playing with Peppa Pig toys on YouTube, yeah, I do love watching a bit of football.
ME: What am I really good at?
EDIE: Umm, looking after everybody in the whole wide world
ME: Oh, wow!
FEEDBACK: When I’m not looking after computers.
ME: What’s the cheekiest thing dad has ever done?
EDIE: What does cheeky mean?
ME: Cheeky; a bit naughty.
EDIE: Umm, drank lots of beer when we weren’t looking and we said not too!
ME: What? You’re just lying!
FEEDBACK: I have no recollection of this… hic
ME: If I could be anyone in the world, who would I be?
EDIE: A man who plays the guitar.
ME: Who do I like?
EDIE: The Rolling Stones.
FEEDBACK: Yeah, I like the Stones, but I’m surprised she even knows that. The only music we’re allowed on in the house is the Frozen soundtrack!
ME: What’s the funniest thing I’ve ever done?
EDIE: We’ve already gone through that.
FEEDBACK: Have we? Or did we just decide I’m not funny?
ME: What’s my favourite holiday?
ME: If I could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?
FEEDBACK: I don’t like change.
ME: What’s my favourite food?
ME: If you were going to get me a gift, what would I like?
EDIE: Umm, beer!
ME: What makes me laugh?
EDIE: Me and Arlo being funny.
FEEDBACK: at last, some truth!
ME: Now, you’ve got to draw a picture of my favourite thing. What’s my favourite thing in the world?
EDIE: I’m not going to tell you…
So, Edie seems to have me down as some kind of part dad, part beer guzzling, football mad, Mother Teresa to computers. I suppose two out of three isn’t bad. Before we started I’d hoped to be Part Dad Part Beer Connoisseur and it seems Edie sees me that way too - yes!
This Father’s Day, #GetToKnowDad and surprise him with a gift that shows you really do know him.
MY AMAZING GIFT: