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Father’s Day Cards

fathersdaywebThis post is late. I was sick on Father’s Day, and I got worse the day after. Then yesterday, we lost power after a brief but angry storm. So, happy belated Father’s Day!

I really hate greeting cards. Greeting cards for men seem especially bad. And Father’s Day greeting cards are the worst. They all rely on this gross caricatures of masculinity, most of which do not apply to my husband. (Sure, he likes sports and beer, but not to the point where they’re obsessions.)

I actually did give him a card, but it was generic and boring, because I didn’t have time to weed through the duds to find something decent. Typically, cards for men fall into several categories:

1. Fart jokes
2. Dad is incompetent
3. YOU ARE A MAN
4. Thank you profusely for “being a father,” whatever that non-specific phrase means. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with child support.

So, in the future, my son will be making cards for my husband. We actually tried making a card for him on Valentine’s Day this year, but it didn’t go well. (You know those baby hand-print cards you see on Pinterest? Where you paint their hand red and make the prints look like a heart? It ended up looking like evidence from a murder scene.)

Anyway, what do you all do for Father’s Day?

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Chelsea Carr has been cartooning for over ten years. Currently, she works as the editorial cartoonist for Harford County’s The Aegis and The Record. She has also had her work included in MAD Magazine, b, and Baltimore’s City Paper. Chelsea holds a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (2005) and an M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins University (2011.) In addition to cartooning and being a first-time mother, she has worked as an elementary school art teacher.

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3 comments

  1. I never truly understood the appeal of greeting cards for any occasion.

  2. footprints work better for making a heart (overlap the heels to make a V and draw a heart around the feet for extra clarity). I help my kids make hand/footprint cards for their daddy. 🙂 I think for this year’s Father’s day I’m going to do a family tree (my foot as the trunk, and my 3 daughters get to use a hand each for foliage).

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