As we honour dads everywhere this weekend, the smitten team shares some favourite moments with the great “fathers” in their lives.
“Growing up in a fairly health-conscious household, dessert was usually saved for special occasions. But, if my dad and I have one thing in common, it’s that we both share a bit of a sweet tooth. Every Monday night my mom worked late, leaving my dad and me in charge of dinner.
After the vegetables were eaten and the dishes were done, I would pull out two matching bowls and two matching spoons. At my cue, my dad would reach into the freezer for our secret stash of ice cream. We would scoop out every last drop from our bowls with just enough time to hide the incriminating evidence. It was a Monday night tradition that lasted for years!” –Anna
“Food equalled happiness in the home where I grew up. Some of my favourite memories are of spending time with my dad in our kitchen while he cooked, and I ate. You could find him in our kitchen on Sundays singing Opera while he was making tomato sauce, or pizza, and we were lucky enough to have homemade prosciutto, cured olives and an abundance of pickled vegetables most weekends, years before charcuterie platters became popular restaurant fare.
He also had a green thumb and spent as much time as he could tending to his garden. It was his favourite place in the world, and I would often find him asleep there after a long, sunny day. He gave my sister and I an appreciation for how much work and dedication it takes to make things grow, but the best part was seeing how happy he was to share all of it with us.” –Isabel
“For as long as I can remember, my dad has been an executive member of a basketball league called FILACT. When I was little, he would bring me to the gym with him where I would run up and down the sidelines, cheering him on as he played. He used to joke that he was the only one that had his own personal cheerleader and coach.
I continued to accompany him every Saturday for many years after. These Saturdays spent in the basketball gym are some of my favourite memories with my dad. It made him so happy to be able to bring me into that part of his life. As I got older, seeing him in his ‘natural habitat’ taught me that he was more than just my dad—he was also a regular guy who loves playing basketball and joking around with his friends.” –Carmella
“One of the greatest lessons my dad has taught me is that if you want something badly enough, you just need to make it happen. One moment that serves as the perfect example for this is from Father’s Day 2010. We had recently lost our family dog and understandably my dad was heart-broken–he truly was man’s best friend. Discussions were on-going about getting a new dog and when my dad realized that a puppy was not part of his Father’s Day gift, he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Little did we know that my dad had already been speaking with breeders and the next day I received a call that the newest member to the Zuzinjak family had arrived. Although it was a surprise to us all (especially my mom), now we can’t imagine life without Jack, the feisty jug. I love my dad for his passion, determination and teaching us to go after what we want–either it be an opportunity, an adventure or a new furry friend.” –Susan
“This Father’s Day I want to celebrate an amazing man and favourite “dad”, my wonderful husband. I can’t tell you how much it warms my heart to witness him creating memories with our daughter. When Naaya is with her father, she goes to this remarkable happy place—watching them together is reminiscent of a Disney fairy tale. They say you are only as old as your children, which Naaya has proven by turning Damian into a hero, a prince and her favourite playmate all at the same time.
No small task is inconvenient or too feminine for Damian to manage. He always enjoys his daily interactions with his little girl. Whether making her pony tail in the morning, changing her diaper in the men’s room or brushing their teeth together—it is always done with so much love. Damian is a devoted and dedicated father. He understands that real magic happens while doing the simple things in life!” -Sapna