Greatest Dad in Atlanta: How will you celebrate Father’s Day?

The AJC wants to you to vote for the Greatest Dad in Atlanta but you have to submit his photo and a brief statement about why he is the greatest dad by today (June 16). Voting will then take place from June 17 through June 19. The Greatest Dad winner will be announced on June 20.

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So how will you be celebrating Dad this year? Will you shower him with gifts, make him some BBQ, give him some free time for golf or play video games?

What will you give to the grandfathers and Papas out there? How do they rate?

I have made photo books of the kids for the grandfathers since they live so far away now.

We got Michael the new ESPN book, a new shirt, a sunshade for his car window and a photo book. I wanted to get him a new MP3 player since he’s had his since Lilina was born but I walked out of the Best Buy confused. I think he’ll have to pick it out for himself later.

In the past we have given the grandfathers movie passes – so they’ll take us to the movies!

So what’s the big plan? How will you make him feel appreciated and special?

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shaggy

June 16th, 2011
6:43 am

I can’t wait for my “present”.
My hot sweetie, with bows in all of the right places…nothing beats unwraping the “present”! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
I will save the aftershave for when the boy needs it.

Hey, Shagman...

June 16th, 2011
7:50 am

…I used to be like you, and then I grew up – there is hope that maybe one day not only will you grow up, but grow a pair and quit writing so much on a “mom’s blog”, not that there is anything wrong with that (even if you do make us laugh – mostly at you).

motherjanegoose

June 16th, 2011
7:51 am

We have a surprise planned and my kids handled it and I am paying for most of it. We will all meet and be together for the day. It should be fun! After all it is their Dad. He has been a great father to the kids He is invested in the kids and they know they can call him for anything. He changed their diapers, went to parent/teacher conferences and watched them while I worked. ( without a grumble). He has moved them both into their dorms and apartments and also worked on their cars while he was grease head to toe. He recently constructed a raised bed for our daughter, who is home for the summer, and she has planted all sorts of things in there. He has driven out to UGA several times just to have lunch or dinner with each of them. He calls or texts them every few days to see what is up in their lives.

HATS OFF TO THE GREAT DAD MY KIDS HAVE!

Not the same relationship we have with our Dads/their Grandparents, whom we see maybe once a year or even longer and it is always us going to see them. Could not even make it for the recent graduation or white coat ceremony.

motherjanegoose

June 16th, 2011
7:58 am

FYI…most of you know this but the Grandparents have been too old or too busy to visit much since they were under 50. I have a hard time with this since I am all over the map and over 50. In laws have NEVER been to our house in all the years of marriage…28 plus. Relationships are a two way street.

RJ

June 16th, 2011
8:21 am

I will be going to the Cheesecake Factory to get him his favorite dessert…Cheescake! He loves watches but I can’t afford the one I really want to get him, so we’ll probably find something else that he would enjoy. I usually let my kids choose the gift. They’re usually better at it than me anyway. For my dad, I’ll be giving a gift card to a local steakhouse. But, I don’t know which one to choose. Neither me or my husband cares for steak, so we have no idea where to get one from. We’ll figure it out. My daddy loves steak!

I am blessed to not only have a wonderful dad, but an equally wonderful husband. When I hear about all these deadbeat dads, it makes me feel even more blessed.

I hope all dads have a great Father’s Day.

shaggy

June 16th, 2011
8:26 am

Hey, Shagman…

Thanks for the compliment. If you still want to be like shaggy, you must never grow up. Yeah, it’s a curse. You are happy pretty much all of the time, you have a wonderful family, interesting friends, and find life to be generally…entertaining.
If you have not just paid shaggy a compliment, I will assume you are just jealous. Oh, I do have a pair and use them quite regularly.

JJ

June 16th, 2011
8:39 am

THE BEST DAD IN THE WORLD passed away 18 years ago this July. My daddy!!! I miss that man so much……he was the best!!!!!! I get teary eyed just thinking about him….

My daughter’s father bailed on her when she was a baby. He came back around a few years ago, but there’s not a lot of contact now. She calls him once in a while, but he NEVER calls her, or makes an effort to see her. Breaks my heart…….

So in answer to the question, I will spend Sunday with the neighbors, as I usually do, grilling, drinking beers, and hanging out at the pool.

Happy Father’s Dad to all the dads on this blog. I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy your family!!!!!

MomOf2Girls

June 16th, 2011
8:41 am

We’re going tubing in N GA (not Helen, further up), then having a picnic lunch, following by trout fishing. We’ll be with my dad and mom and brother and his family. Pretty outdoorsy for a bunch of native New Yorkers :-)

MJG, I can relate, with a twist. It’s the SIL who’s not allowing much contact with hubby’s dad. 1 mile away, and the girls see him a few times a year. Since she is guardian, we don’t have much choice. We try our best, and we are grateful for the occasional times we are allowed to be graced with his presence. My parents are so involved, it almost makes up for it – they moved up from FLA years ago just to be close enough to be a regular part of my kids’ lives.

Becky

June 16th, 2011
8:41 am

My 2 have bought their Poppy a picture frame with fish on it..My stepson will most likely come take his Dad out to dinner..That will be our fathers day..They may want to go see their Dad, but chances are slim on that..

@shaggy..Hey, Shagman is right in that you make us (me) laugh..You can be grown up and still have fun and that seems (to me) what you do..I would also think that since you have been married to the same woman for 20ish years, you must be doing something right..:~)

motherjanegoose

June 16th, 2011
8:46 am

RJ…my son once took a date to a swanky steak house in Buckhead that was very pricey. He came home to tell his Dad, ” wow…that was a LOT of money and I didn’t even think the steak tasted as good as your streaks do…on the grill.” Made his Dad proud!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL THE GREAT DADS ON THIS BLOG. ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES AND THOSE WHO LOVE YOU!

Hey, Shagman...

June 16th, 2011
8:57 am

…yes, it was a compliment, even though it was somewhat backhanded – thanks for being a good sport…

Hey, mamajane...

June 16th, 2011
8:58 am

…thanks for sharing that some men are GREAT fathers – good for you, good for your kids, and, especially, good for him.

JJ

June 16th, 2011
9:01 am

NOTHING beats a good steak on the grill…..NOTHING!!!!!

Black and White Smiley Faces ☺☻♫

June 16th, 2011
9:14 am

I can’t wait for my “present”.
My hot sweetie, with bows in all of the right places…nothing beats unwraping the “present”! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
I will save the aftershave for when the boy needs it.

This is an example of how things should be! Not having to fight with your woman for a slice, but actually being offered it by a loving woman!

Moonbat feminists everywhere would go crazy! A man and woman actually being happy…oh, the humanity!!

More power to you shaggy, hit it one time for me! :P Glad to hear you’re being treated well. Happy Father’s Day (and to all the other fathers out there, too)

Denise

June 16th, 2011
9:39 am

Happy Fathers’ Day to our fantastic blog dads!

I should send my Daddy some Brut for old times sake. My sister and I are giving my dad (her stepdad) a gift card from Bass Pro Sports for something to do his favorite thing – FISHING. We don’t know what kind of electric knife blades he needs (his blades look pretty terrible to me). My stepfather and brother are getting cards and calls. I am probably going to have a “moment” missing my grandfather like I do every Fathers’ Day since he’s been gone (2006). I never thought anybody could be as good a grandfather as him until my Daddy became one. He’s pretty good too. I’m pretty blessed to be surrounded by good men and good fathers. :-)

Jeff

June 16th, 2011
9:44 am

My father is the greatest of all time. He never knew his father and grew up youngest of 5 in poor WV. Married my mother, moved away, put himself through school. On one of my birthdays, he was at a convention (I didn’t know). He drove several hours to be at my birthday party, then turned around and drive back to the convention because in the long run it would be good for his career and us. He was at every game I ever played. Coached quite often even through he sucked at sports.

He has stayed with my mother who is a little difficult to deal with to say the least.

It’s going to crush me when he’s gone one day.

DB

June 16th, 2011
9:53 am

The past six months have been chaotic with my father — severe health problems which began escalating last November resulting inseveral hospital stays and rehab center stays which have resulted in diminished capacity and mental confusion. He wasn’t able to make it to my son’s college graduation last month, but thankfully was a bit stronger and was able to make it to my nephew’s HS graduation a month later. The reality is that I have to treasure this day to celebrate my father — and make every day Father’s Day for a while, not missing an opportunity to let him know that I love and care for him and think about him often.

My husband is a fantastic dad — he chose to work at home when our youngest was a year old, partly because his career was a 70-hour a week grind and he didn’t want to miss his kids’ childhood. Financially, it was probably a hit — but the rewards have been priceless.

Becky

June 16th, 2011
9:55 am

To all that are good Dads and good grandfathers, Happy Fathers Day..My Dad passed away in 1996 and as bad as this might sound, I don’t miss him..I never remember him being good to us..What I remember about him is that he was always drunk and until us kids got bigger, he was always hitting on my Mother…

Kate

June 16th, 2011
11:09 am

I’m going to spend Father’s day doing my best to convince my husband to do absolutely nothing but sit by the pool and RELAX! Sounds pretty simple I know, but my husband, along with being an awesome father, is also one of the most active and hardest working people I’ve ever met. We’ve spent a lot of money on some repairs on our home recently so I’ve been ordered not to spend a dime on a present for him, but I’m going to get that guy to take it easy on Father’s day if I have to knock him unconscious and tie him to a lounge chair!

@DB – My heart goes out to you! My poor father was going the through the same thing about a year ago. Absolutely heartbreaking to have to watch someone you love so much slipping away. For a while there my heart would drop to my stomach every time the phone would ring out fear of it being bad news from my mom about my dad. Fortunately, he’s doing much better now (which is a miracle considering how sick he was), but you are absolutely right about treating every day like Father’s day. We celebrate everything we can with him. He’ll be over at our house Sunday relaxing by the pool (hopefully) right next to my husband and enjoying a nice cookout.

Miss Priss!

June 16th, 2011
11:30 am

Yeah, shaggy … your posts are always dense with sexual connotations and alluring angles on your prowess. I just vomited! Anyhow, I’ll bet you’re extremely hot … or still live in the basement of your parent’s house?

jbm

June 16th, 2011
11:45 am

I never knew my father and honestly, could care less about the step dad but Happy Fathers Day to all the great dads out there.

shaggy

June 16th, 2011
11:54 am

Miss Priss,

Thanks for dissecting my every word, like a true fan.

motherjanegoose

June 16th, 2011
11:58 am

Sad but not too many posts…what is up with that? Did someone rain on this parade? I remember that it was mentioned ( in May) that Dad’s Day is not as big of a deal. It is here at our house but maybe not with everyone else?

My husband is also a GREAT Dad to our little schnauzer. She ADORES him. He has taught her all sorts of tricks, including catching a Frisbee. The moment he pulls into our driveway, she is howling and waiting for him. Then, she runs to the back door and barks. They head straight outside for a Frisbee session together. Same routine every day. She comes in exhausted and then catches up with me. We got him a card from the DOG too!

JJ

June 16th, 2011
12:27 pm

Lay off Shaggy!!!! He’s hysterical!!! If you don’t like his posts, don’t read them. It’s as simple as that.

JJ

June 16th, 2011
1:05 pm

MJG – only 24 comments. And it will be up again tomorrow, through the weekend…..I doubt we will have a new topic before Monday…..

Sylvania

June 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

I agree with JJ. Lay off Shaggy. Shaggy needs approval and attention. He gets it by blogging on a site for busy moms, where he can “stand out” for his juvenile posts, then respond to those who find them boorish. The need to “stand out” and feel significant is essential to our happiness and stems from a feeling of being overlooked in the real world. This behavior is usually displayed through forcing others to deal with your power even if they don’t want to.

On a more serious note, I hope Shaggy isn’t imparting his trait to his children, if he has any.

JJ

June 16th, 2011
1:35 pm

@sylvania – I think you took that a little too far. I don’t think Shaggy needs any approval or attention, especially from any of us here on the busy mom blog. I think he is an extremely happy man with a devoted love to his wife and apparently they have a very healthy & happy sex life. I’d love to see more men like that……

Layla

June 16th, 2011
1:35 pm

I am driving to my parents’ house up north, day after Father’s Day (I have to work). It’s a 14hr drive, but so be it. I get to see my parents maybe once or twice a ayear and I really wish I lived closer.

My Father is wonderful! We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, but he spent time w/ us- fishing, coaching our sports teams and taking us to the lake or local pool to swim. I was always Daddy’s little girl and I think that’s a big reason I didn’t get into any major trouble when in school- I didn’t want to have to look in my Dad’s eyes and see his disappointment. We had our arguments and he was by no means perfect, but then, I wasn’t exactly an easy child to deal with either- very high strung shall we say…. But my Father did the best he could with what he had and given the background he came from- he was far better to us than his parents were to him. So- much love and hugs to my Daddy.

For all the good fathers out there and the one’s who are trying- you make this world a better place- keep at it! You’re definitely needed!!

shaggy

June 16th, 2011
1:41 pm

Sylvania,

Wow! The answer was there, right in front of me all of the time. It took you, Sylvania, to make me see the error of my ways. I repent, repent I say, to thou most holy Sylvania, the holy mother of momania, to whom I am eternally grateful…

Nah….I don’t wanna. I’ll just continue to pi$$ you off, if you don’t mind. Kisses sweetie.

shaggy

June 16th, 2011
1:43 pm

JJ,

Thanks a bunch, and everything you wrote is true, but I can handle the Sylvania troll on my own.

Denise

June 16th, 2011
1:47 pm

What do yall think about Father’s Day cards for mothers? I saw one in Publix.

JJ

June 16th, 2011
1:53 pm

Denise – I personally think it’s stupid. I would just die (of laughter) if my daughter handed me a card on Father’s Days….LOL

But it’s clever that the card companies came up with yet another way to make money…..

newblogger

June 16th, 2011
2:21 pm

My husband loves to cook so we got him Guy Fieri’s “knuckle sandwich” kitchen knives. I know, sounds weird, but they are really cool looking as well as something I know he’ll enjoy using. My husband is dad to our 10 year old and stpep-dad to our 20 year old, but the oldest doesn’t see it that way. He likes to quote the Brad Paisley song…I hope I’m at least half the dad that you didn’t have to be…. His dad is still in the picture and we have no problems between us, but my husband is the one he turns to for everything. Headed to Alabama to see my dad too….he is an awesome dad too. I feel very blessed to be surrounded by awesome men in my life!

LM

June 16th, 2011
2:21 pm

I will be sending my Mother a card, it will be her Birthday.

When my ex and I were together it was funny, when Mothers day and Fathers day fall like they did this year. His birthday was on Mother’s day and my Mom’s birthday was on Father’s day. It was cute and fun for us.

newblogger

June 16th, 2011
2:23 pm

oh and Shaggy…I love your posts and think you are hilarious! You are probably the kind everyone wants to hang out with.

MomsRule

June 16th, 2011
2:44 pm

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!

jbm

June 16th, 2011
3:22 pm

Same here shaggy, keep posting!! There’s way too many boring folks here that just don’t know how to enjoy someone with a little life in em.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 16th, 2011
3:33 pm

DB — I’m glad your dad is doing better and you have time that you can spend with him before it’s too late. that is a gift. I worry with my folks being so far away. One of our friend’s dad just had heart and liver problems. She went from Ga. to Ohio to be with him. We followed it all via Facebook. I felt for her — how stressful. She had three kids back in Georgia to be worried about also.

shaggy

June 16th, 2011
3:33 pm

Thanks to all of you moms. You regulars have always made me feel welcome here, even when I have been out of line.
I do have a passion for life and I have no intention of changing that about myself. Life is just too short, not to live it fully while you have the chance.

Denise

June 16th, 2011
3:39 pm

JJ – I agree. I thought it was kind of tacky but then again, I have a father who, even when my parents went thru their many, MANY iterations of together/not-together, is very present in my life. I don’t know how I’d feel if I never had a father. However, I don’t think we saw any Mother’s Day cards for dads. Another double standard, I guess.

And Shaggy, I too love reading your posts! :-)

jbm

June 16th, 2011
3:51 pm

Denise, it’s hard not having a father, especially when your mother’s gone. I’ve always known my dads name but figured if he wanted to meet me, he would contact me. Obviously, he doesn’t care to as I’m nearly 47 and never heard anything from him. He missed out on some awesome grand kids too but oh well, it’s his loss IMO. My husbands parents are both gone as well. We both kinda feel like orphans LOL but we have each other.

Wayne

June 16th, 2011
4:40 pm

Happy Father’s Day!

Jeff

June 16th, 2011
7:25 pm

Denise, I think the cards for moms on our day is so tacky, yet not surprising and representative of exactly my beef with where our society is headed when it comes to the genders. And itmdrives a wedge between men and women in general.

But it doesn’t surprise me in the least. When it comes to that kind of thing, nothing coming from that side of the spectrum surprises. Feminism is no longer about equality, it’s about dominance and power and actually surprises men.

Happy Father’s Day (lol). Luv y’all.

Jeff

June 16th, 2011
7:25 pm

Sorry, surpresses.

Denise

June 16th, 2011
11:06 pm

jbm-I’m sorry to hear that your father has so far missed out on you. I cannot even imagine not having Daddy in my life. My relationship with him is more “stable” than mine with my mother even though he and Mama did the break-up-to-make-up a million times (including 2 marriages and 2 divorces).

Jeff-I don’t want to get into women in men’s roles in children’s lives because unfortunately sometimes men don’t step into their roles. However, there ARE times when women keep GOOD men from their children and that damages children. In all the therapy groups I’ve been in I’ve seen the effects of not having a father in a person’s life. A friend of mine still has ill feelings for her mother for keeping her father out of her life and trying to be father and mother.

mom of 3

June 17th, 2011
10:25 am

2nd year without my dad and lost his last sibling earlier this week. That generation in my family is now gone. It is going to be a sad time regarding that aspect of my life but it is also my husbands 1st Father’s Day as a grandfather. We are celebrating it big time celebration with my family and my sons-in-law family. New beginnings and new traditions. Guess that’s what life is really about.
Happy Father’s day to all dads……
And I agree with Shaggy – never ever grow up – you miss too much

mom of 3

June 17th, 2011
10:28 am

Sorry about the grammar in the above statement. Just returned from my dad and mom’s grave placing flowers. Guess my mind hasn’t started working again.

Denise

June 17th, 2011
10:32 am

I reread my last post and I hope I didn’t offend the moms who have no choice but to fill ALL the roles in a child’s life. I am talking about the women who keep the men out of the child’s life when the men could be. I understand the need to protect a child from emotional and physical harm but there is a balance between that and what some women do and that is project their feelings for the man onto what the child will feel for him. For example, my cousin won’t let her child see his father because the father doesn’t want to be with her. WRONG! That child is messed up in the head and needs his daddy. He was doing a lot better when he had access to his daddy but my cousin is acting a fool and her son is suffering. (No, I don’t know if the father is doing anything to fight to see his son. The cousins live in CA and I don’t like to deal with them much. Too much drama on the west coast for me.)

Uwritten

June 18th, 2011
2:06 pm

@Denise, I was going to make the point that some men (lots of them) do not make an effort to be in their children’s lives. So, some mothers have not choice but to be the father as well. I am neither here nor there on that card, but my ex-husband walked when my daughters were 8 & 3. I raised these girls alone (well, my parents helped at times). I had to fight for child support. Just recently, they caught up with him and have started holding his tax refunds…when the oldest was in grad school and the youngest in undergrad. I did not have to withhold them from him…they saw the neglect and reject for themselves. When the oldest graduated high school, one of his friends told him and he contacted her. She asked for a laptop to take to college, he told her he could not provide it. She was ok because she knew her mommy had the $$ to get her one. At about 15 yrs old, she and her sis asked if I can change their last name to mine. I told them that when they become adults, they can petition the court if they still feel that way…and they did.

So, yes, there are some women who fulfill both roles. For my girls, I do…however, my dad has to get a ton of credit as do a male friend of mine, who has taken on that role as well. So they are surrounded with a good, strong, positive male presence. The oldest daughter is getting married next summer & these two men will walk her down the aisle, God’s willing.

Denise

June 18th, 2011
8:16 pm

@Unwritten – You’re right and that is why I apologized. There are plenty of raggedly men out there that put women in tough situations. My mother was a single parent for a while (in between her and Daddy’s break-ups/make-ups) and had to do all the day-to-day and it was hard for her. Daddy supported us financially and we spent a lot of time with him but the day-to-day…well, that was Mama. When we lived near my grandparents in a different state from my daddy, my Papa helped with the day-to-day. We still saw Daddy every other weekend when he was off (it was only 2 hours away) but again, Mama did 100% of the work 90% of the time. Yes, I still call Daddy a great father and I never saw him as not in my life even though we were physically separated because Mama never kept us from our Daddy and he never left us either.