2018-06-22 / Chaplain's News

It’s never too late to say ‘I love you’

Chaplain (Maj.) Tim Stiers
Cyber Protection Brigade

“Oh no, I didn’t get that card sent on time. … Now it will arrive late!” Have you ever had this experience? There is a whole genre of “belated” greeting cards for all sorts of events.

It can be difficult to decide on just the right card that communicates your thoughts.

You might wonder, “Will this card be misunderstood?” or “I don’t see any card that accurately communicate my thoughts!” You might want to stay clear of some of the ambiguous generic greeting cards. It is simple to make that generic card special by adding a handwritten note inside.

Take a couple of minutes to think of a favorite moment in the past. Maybe mention some humorous event that most would not understand or remember. Make the message unique. Most dads will appreciate a gift card to a favorite restaurant or a gift card that can be used anywhere for anything.

Saying “I love you” is always good but is even better when accompanied with other words. No excuses, no blame, no complaining, no negative comments. If there is a strained relationship, adding, “I’m sorry for …” will greatly add to the value of this card.

Adding to a card a few positive memories or appreciation for a specific trait can make that loved one’s day. Do not be surprised if you see that card displayed when you visit. Another way to improve a simple card is follow-up with a phone call, text or email.

Florists have some creative ideas for Father’s Day. What might a parent most appreciate receiving? Maybe a note with a possible time to come for a visit.

On the other hand, maybe a plan to attend a favorite sporting event or enjoying some hobby together with their son or daughter with make for a memorable occasion.

How can we keep from resorting to a “belated” card for next year? Try adding this task to the Outlook calendar with enough suspense time to decide on your specific action: a greeting card, something delivered to their address and time to shop in case others have your same idea.

If you happen to hear of a great idea for Father’s Day, add it to the comments on your Outlook appointment.

Keep in mind, who says you have to wait until a special day of the year to say, “I love you”?

“Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8, NIV).

It’s never too late to say, “I love you.”

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