Father's Day is around the corner, and though Dads might not be compared with apple pie, the women we talked to seemed unanimous about the importance of this family member. Have You Heard asked women at the Ashland Growers and Crafters Market, "What are the important gifts a father gives to his children? The kind of gift that settles in the heart?"
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Two of the best things my father gave me are confidence and a sense of humor. It's a long story, but when I was in third grade my dad taught me to throw a softball for a school field day. He gave me the confidence that I could win and I did. He had a great sense of humor and passed it on to me.
My dad had an old pendant that was a twisted up fork. He'd bought it in Portland and he really liked it. I asked him for it once and he said no, he wasn't ready to part with it. But later, when I was moving out of the house, he gave it to me without my asking for it. It's really special to me.
Los Angeles, Calif.
My dad gave me unconditional love and support for whatever purpose I have, even if he thinks it sounds crazy at the time.
The most important attribute of a father is unconditional love and support and that grows a healthy child.
A father gives guidance and advice. He can have a more relaxed role and the mom is stricter. He should be accepting of his children.
My husband gives our daughter the world. He opens her eyes to the joy that fathers should always give their children. He does a great job getting down to her level and interacting. I can tell that's what she appreciates about him.
My father is wonderful and has given me a million gifts. He did a good job raising me and he continues to be a big part of my life.
Every morning my dad would remind us kids that we had to take care of the cats. He told us, "They can't talk. They can't ask for what they need, so we have to take care of them." He was not a great communicator, but he loved animals and plants and things that don't talk. Now I want to pass that on to my children. We need to take care of life and living creatures. We have to listen to them.