Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


June 16, 2013

A cinderblock for Father's Day



Times have changed since the first Father’s Day celebration. Women have figured out how to honor the fathers in their lives. We learn their favorite things and the moments that make them smile. From homemade cards to more mature gifts, I still take pride in delivering a Father’s Day gift to my dad. I get a smile and a hug in return every time. The critics of the early years might have been right about men not wanting flowers. But they didn’t take into consideration the thought-process of women and their children. It goes back to the basic principles of giving and expecting nothing in return. No, a cinderblock might not be sentimental; neither is a new truck part or grill. Nevertheless, it is given and received in love. Every weird, strange, thoughtful and funny Father’s Day present comes from the heart, even big blocks.

Jamie Parsell is the Lifestyle editor of the Daily Telegraph. Contact her at or on Twitter @BDTParsell.

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