This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day, and as the day approaches, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the role dads play in our lives. 

There’s a quote I recently found about fathers. It said “Dad: A son’s first hero. A daughter’s first love.”  I think this holds a lot of truth. 

Learning from dad
We learn so much from our fathers. They teach us small things, like how to throw a ball, how to tie our shoes, and how to blow bubbles with bubble gum. 

Dads teach us life skills like how to tie a tie, how to change a flat tire, and how to balance a checkbook. 

Dads teach us life lessons: work hard, be honest, and do the right thing, even if it’s not the easy thing. 

Dads also encourage us to try new things, give it our best shot when playing a sport, performing in a play, or going for a job interview. Dads  often encourage us to take risks, and not be afraid to be bold in this big world. 

Our dads set an example for us. We watch what they do, how they speak, and how they treat others. 

As we grow

Our relationships with our dads often change and evolve in different ways as we grow.

We may want these relationships to move in a positive direction, but I realize that’s not always the case for everyone. Sometimes, it’s hard for some to celebrate Father’s Day because they may not have the best relationship with their dad. Perhaps their dad isn’t present, or the relationship is strained. Perhaps life circumstances have prevented that father/son or father/daughter dynamic you wish for. Know that we understand that, and we’re thinking of you on this day. 

We also know some of you have dads who are no longer with us. We know some of you long to be a father, or you’re a first-time father, wondering if you’re doing an okay job. Others are stepfathers, and grandfathers, and men who are father figures. 

Father’s Day is about honoring all of these roles. 

Celebrate dad
Life is busy and demanding and it can be hard to find time to spend with our parents. My own father is now in his eighties, and I’m thankful for the time we do get to have together. We have a nice Sunday routine where we go to church, get breakfast or brunch, and spend the afternoon together. It’s a bright spot in my week. I’m looking forward to spending this Sunday with him.

However  you plan to spend Father’s Day, know that Ashley’s is here to help you celebrate.

Why not start the day with dad’s favorite donuts? Serve up lunch on our freshly baked bread, and end the day with a slice of cake designed just for dad. 

There is still plenty of time to place your order. Give us a call today and we can have everything packaged and ready for pickup on Saturday. 

We just want to say thank you to all of the dads out there, and from all of us here at Ashley’s, have a great Father’s Day!