Archive for July, 2011

Father’s Day is Coming

If you asked a father what they wanted for Father’s Day you would get a wide variety of answers, with everything from a new CD to an Aston Martin Vanquish. But a lot of dads would also be happy to simply spend some time with their family, enjoying Father’s Day lunch or a BBQ dinner (and beer of course!).

And don’t forget that dads can be sentimental too. After all, whether it is his first Father’s Day or his 50th, it is a day to remember and worthy of a celebration for being a father or Grandfather. It is a day when dads can feel special, honoured and thanked for just being “dad”.

Surprisingly, Father’s Day has only been around for just over 100 years. It originated in Washington in 1909 and was inspired by Mother’s Day.

Father’s Day is celebrated on a range of different dates around the world and usually involves giving gifts to fathers and grandfathers – celebrating with a special meal or other family-orientated activities. In fact, there are 24 different dates for Father’s Day around the world – that is an average of two Father’s Days a month (that’s a lot of breakfasts in bed!)

Most countries in the world celebrate it on the 3rd Sunday in June. Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea are the only countries that celebrate it on the first Sunday in September.

So be prepared and don’t forget to spoil your Dad this Father’s Day!

What Does Memory Mean To You?

There is a beautiful children’s book called Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge written by Australian author, Mem Fox. Published in 1984, it is one of her best-selling books and is a favourite amongst children and adults alike.

It tells the story of a young boy who overhears his parents talking about the lady next door who is losing her memory, so he asks them, “what is a memory?”

His father tells him a memory is something you remember, but being a curious boy he continues to ask other people the very same question, “what is a memory?” He is told a memory is something warm, something from long ago, something that makes you cry, something that makes you laugh and something as precious as gold.

The boy goes looking for items that he thinks represents these things and gives them to the lady and as she looks at them, she starts to remember things. The book ends “and the two of them smiled and smiled because Miss Nancy’s memory had been found again by a small boy who wasn’t very old either.”

In a very simple and sweet way, this book is a perfect explanation of what a memory is.

What is your special memory? It might be something of very special significance in your life such as your wedding or the birth of your children. It could be something that happened yesterday or when you were a child. Often objects hold special memories for us like photos, but even something like a smell or a particular song can bring back memories of a special time in your life.

We would love to hear from you – what is your special memory?