A few weeks ago my dad excitedly handed me a tattered piece of blue construction paper that read "good for 1 hour of peace and quit."
I was puzzled but experienced a nagging feeling that I had seen this before.
Sure enough, I should have recognized that childish scribbling as my own.
My dad reminded me that I had once given him a handmade "coupon book" for Father's Day.
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He remembered using "coupons" for "half an hour of yard work" and "15 minutes of car washing."
So why did dad still have this coupon for peace and quit? Was it just to remind himself that young Dawn struggled to correctly spell quit, quite and quiet?
Surely he could have used one hour of peace and quiet. He had two daughters who loved shrieking, gossiping, slamming doors, blasting music and screaming at each other.
Dad confessed that while he was fond of breaking up fights between my sister and me with a plea for two minutes of peace and quiet, he didn't enjoy our silence as much as he enjoyed spending time with us.
To dad, pulling weeds in the garden for half an hour wasn't a chore. It was an opportunity to bond with a daughter who was growing up so quickly that she'd soon master spelling.
Perhaps showing me that coupon was a hint. Maybe for Father's Day what dad wants more than a tie is a coupon good for "one hour of conversation."
If you're struggling to decide what to get your dad, give him your time. June 16 or 17 take your dad to Big Boy Toys/Father's Day Extravaganza and I'm sure he won't be disappointed.
The sporting and outdoor expo is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 16 and noon to 5 p.m. June 17 at the Columbus Civic Center, 400 Fourth Street, and along the banks of the Chattahoochee.
Dad can drool over antique and muscle cars, taste cognac, smoke cigars, watch motorcycle stunt riders perform and get information on health, fitness and finances.
If dad's feeling adventurous, he'll likely enjoy taking a helicopter ride or zip lining across the river.
If the kids are coming, bring towels so they can play in over 200 feet of water featuring water slides and games.
Bring a chair to relax and enjoy entertainment from three stages. Mindblender performs Saturday and Big Woody and the Splinters play Sunday.
Free ice skating ($3 skate rental) is available both days. Sunday, the movie "Courageous" will screen and the Columbus Lions will have a kick, pass and punt event.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for military and students. There's no admission fee for children 3 and younger. Learn more on at bigboytoyshow.org.
You can also get discounted tickets to see the Columbus Lions play the Knoxville Nighthawks at 7:30 p.m. June 16, at the Columbus Civic Center.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Lions sports bottle, courtesy of Rivertown Ford. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Most upper level tickets cost $13, and lower level costs $18. The best seats cost $35 and $50.
For information contact the Lions front office at 706-322-3336 or log on to www.columbuslions.net.
Dawn Minty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org