Posted in Family, Type 1 diabetes

Father’s Day to Follow

Enjoying my Mother’s Day cup of tea in bed with my small daughter this morning, we discuss the nature of this event, once I have finished opening all my cards.  I have just the one daughter, but she’s made enough Mother’s Day tributes tto serve a set of quins.

Never one to travel light, she has also brought into my bed three large teddy bears.  These go by unusual names. Diabetic Bear was a helpful free gift from drug manufacturer Bayer to all newly diagnosed diabetic children, complete with colourful felt patches to indicate insulin injection sites. Romantic Bear sports a smart oriental karate outfit.  Glowy lights up in the dark.  Being slightly smaller than the other two, Glowy is introduced as the daughter of Diabetic Bear, who, because she is a wearing a dress, must be the mummy.  I query whether Romantic Bear is therefore Glowy’s daddy.

“No, not yet,” replies Laura, introducing a whole new notion of the family dynamic.  “But he might get married to Diabetic Bear this afternoon.”

How many marriages would be saved if the mummies had the babies first and then recruited the daddies, appointing only the most compatible candidate for the post?  I think she could be on to something.

“When’s Father’s Day?” she asks.  “How many more days?”

Though Mother’s Day is an ancient tradition, I have a feeling that Father’s Day was a twentieth century invention by Hallmark, always keen to create a new card marketing opportunity.  Pleasingly, it was designated to fall precisely nine months before Mother’s Day.

“It’s in June,” is all I choose to tell her.

I look down at the little collection of treasures spread over the duvet: red handprints made at Rainbows, a card full of hearts and hugs and kisses created at school, a colouring sheet completed in the changing room at Gym Club, smuggled into her kit bag so that I wouldn’t see it before the big day.  She cuddles up closer and gives me a long hug.

Hallmark really ought to start up a Daughters’ Day, too.  Well, I’d be the first in the queue to buy a card.


Author of warm, witty and gently funny fiction and non-fiction, including the popular Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series, beginning with "Best Murder in Show", inspired by her life in an English Cotswold community, short stories and essays about country life. As Commissioning Editor for the Alliance of Independent Authors' Advice Centre, she writes guidebooks authors. She speaks at many literature festivals and writing events, and is part of BBC Radio Gloucestershire's monthly Book Club broadcast. She is founder and director of the free Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival which takes place in April, a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association, and an ambassador for children's reading charity Read for Good and the Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF.

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