When you are a mom of multiples, you get used to the endless — and I mean, endless — questions. “Were they natural?” Ummm, are any babies “unnatural?” The better word is “spontaneous” … not that it is your business. “Are they identical?” Boy/girl twin moms are especially frustrated by this one! But here’s the best line I’ve ever heard (thankfully, not asked to me).
“Are your twins the kind with two different daddies?” Excuse me?!?!! What kind of question is that?? No words. There are simply no words for what you say to anyone who would ask that. Except maybe “bless their hearts.” The ultimate Southern put-down, if you must know. In certain ways, dads get the “raw end of the deal” — no school in session means no lovingly packaged handmade Father’s Day gifts, for better or for worse — but that is really something.
So for Father’s Day, how about we show all the dads out there how much we love them … with something other than a
lump of clay with a candle and some pasta shells stuck in it candlestick? Posh products for men are not easy to come by — hello, furnishing a gentleman’s dressing room for the Traditional Home showhouse, anyone?! — but Michael Aram is a great source. In search of ideas? Their fun Father’s Day gift guide, categorized by “type” of dad, might be a good start!
For the Gourmet dad, they suggest the Olive Branch Wine Rest, available in gold or silver. Oooooooohhhhh, I don’t know. My husband’s current favorite wine holder is a golfer made from gear parts. It’s a toss-up really.*
For the Powerhouse (meaning desk-bound, because all twin dads are powerhouses!) dad, I love the Gotham desk accessories — especially the magnifying glass and letter opener set. Although I would be tempted to borrow the magnifying glass to display on my coffee table. But you would be saving — saving — him from vicious paper cuts, so I think that still counts as pretty heroic.
Michael Aram is graciously sending me a gorgeous frame, so my sweet husband — who will be traveling on Father’s Day … not to mention my birthday — just may return to that on his bedside table. In the meantime, my twins plan to serenade him with a Father’s Day song en français via Face Time.
Worried about your gift budget (or lack thereof)? Michael Aram is holding a Father’s Day Pinterest contest so you could win a suite of fabulous gifts simply by creating a pinboard all about your favorite dad. (The deadline to enter is June 9, but it’s easy … so act fast!) I also plan to use the Father’s Day printables from one of my favorite websites, iMOM — and that’s the kind of gift that money can’t buy. Like candleholders made of gray clay and dried pasta.
Do you have Father’s Day plans?
* Please tell me you recognize the sarcasm. I may or may not have “misplaced” said golfer-made-from-gear-parts so if you know my husband, mum’s the word.
Comic via daily strips and spotted on Adventures in Mommy Land. Product photos via Michael Aram. A big thanks to Michael Aram for the gracious gift of a picture frame, but for the record, I’ve long been a fan. Father’s Day card via The Twins Gift Company.