I don’t usually do much for Father’s Day, or Mother’s Day for that matter, mainly because as a family it’s never been something we’ve done! However, this time, The Car People are doing a ‘Thanks Dad’ campaign for Father’s Day and I’m lucky enough to be involved with it! When they approached me and explained what they were doing, I thought it was such a fun idea, and I just had to get involved!
So for this post, I will be reflecting on the car journey’s I have had with my Dad, and let me tell you, there have been a lot of them! It has been hard to pinpoint one specific journey, as we had so many driving to school and back everyday but I hope that you enjoy reading this post regardless.
I can’t really say there is one specific journey that is the most memorable, as I just remember them as a whole, but what I do remember is when Dad and I used to belt out the Meatloaf song Paradise by the Dashboard Light – is that weird? Usually I would be forced to listen to Radio 4, but now and again we would have some music on… his music, but still music! It is all down to my Dad that I now have a massive love for the Beatles, Queen and the Monkees!
One car journey I will always remember with my Dad was when he was driving me home from my appointment where I got my ME/CFS diagnosis. We drove silently, I was too upset to speak, and my Dad has never been good with words, or any kind of comforting actually – he’s very matter of fact! I actually ended up writing a poem about this journey which you can read here. Although, considering “he” in the poem, is my Dad, he didn’t seem to have a clue what the poem was about!
Some of my best memories with Dad are car journeys, probably because that’s where we spent the most time together, and he couldn’t ignore me in the car either! We would often talk about my future, politics and other current issues and I was able to ask about anything I didn’t understand and have it explained to me – although, I wouldn’t say my Dad’s explanations where particularly easy to follow!
Don’t get me wrong, he is a great Dad and my Mum often tells me that he does care, he just struggles to show it/doesn’t show it at all! But he’s always supported me, and we always have a brilliant time in the car together!
Until next time,