Father's Day is for acting like a father, now that the offspring have left the nest, right?
In our case, that means Mom does lots of planning and prepping so Dad can man the grill and together we feed the the kids.
Our immediate family is not a large one, not like the extended clans we both belong to, but we are fortunate to be able to get together easily for special days, like Father's day.
And so I spent many hours in the kitchen, while Tom weeded the garden and napped on the couch. That was my gift to him. Then we put the kids to work when they arrived, setting the table and helping skewer vegetables. Tom manned the grill. The results were delicious.
There were shrimp sticks for Irene and me and beef kabobs for the rest. We had corn on the cob grilled with cilantro butter, bread, and fresh cherries, blackberries, strawberries and pineapple.
We all ate well, and had a chance to catch up before everyone heads off soon, when school is out.
Yes, there was dessert too. I baked a rhubarb pie and Irene made brownies, and ice cream, of course. These are the only photos I got. I was busy.