To celebrate Father’s Day yesterday, I want to close with something that’s becoming a bit of a tradition.
It began in 2014 when we lost everything in a bushfire.
Today, almost all our stuff has been replaced.
You see, my wife’s father died a few years before I met her. And in the fire we lost some of the last remaining photos of him, the letters he’d written, and the paintings he cherished.
Those can never be replaced.
How does my wife explain who her father was to me?
How does she explain who grandpa was to our kids?
The physical reminders are now lost in the ashes.
So, if you’re lucky enough to have your father still with you, here’s how you can give him the ultimate Father’s Day present (okay, today it’s a day late, but do it anyway). Whip out your phone, hit ‘record’, and ask your dad the following questions:
- How did you meet Mum?
- What advice can you share with me about money, life and happiness?
- What does being a dad mean to you?
- What are you most proud of?
- How would you like to be remembered?
This is not for Facebook or Snapchat. It’s for you and your family’s legacy. One day, it’s all you’ll have left of him.
And you’ll treasure it.