Well, my dad ruined Father's Day this year. You will all recall the Bull Semen blog. Well, as we were looking through the magazine at bulls, my dad became intrigued with Indian Outlaw. He just thought it might be fun to try him on a couple of red cows to see what would happen.
Little Brother and I had this great idea--we could buy him the Indian Outlaw semen for Father's Day as a surprise! So both of us were telling him not to order it this year, to wait until a couple heifers were ready to breed, that it wasn't a good investment, etc. so that we could get it for him instead.
Well, my dad being the stubborn old man that he is, got mad. He told my mom that his kids couldn't tell him what to do with his money and he bought that semen just to show us. Yea. Nice work, dad.
Anyway, this made me think back to the best Father's Day/Mother's Day present I've given my parents---since this year is clearly not going to be in the running anymore---the clear winner was the time I sent them to prison.
When I lived in San Francisco for the summer, my parents came out to visit. That, in itself, was a miracle of sorts. You see, my parents don't take vacations. Mom hates to fly, dad is always busy with the farming and ranching, and growing up our vacations were the three stock shows every year. But, they came out to spend 3 or 4 days in SF with me.
I decided that for Father's/Mother's Day, I'd send them to Alcatraz.
They loved it! Both of them want to go back to SF and go on the tour again. In fact, when I turned down the job offer in SF, my dad's first comment was, "Well, I was really looking forward to coming back out to visit you and seeing Alcatraz again." (Forget, wow, I'm glad my only daughter will be living 3 hours away instead of 3 states...but whatever).
Anyway, because the bull semen gift was a bust, the Alcatraz trip will continue reining as the best gift. We'll see what we can come up with next year if the old man doesn't get in the way....again.