Daddy Parker was enjoying some quiet time on Father’s Day morning. His wife, Delores, was called in to work. Their three children, Jason, Annie and Jeremy were upstairs cleaning their rooms.
“Now this is a nice way to spend Father’s Day,” said Daddy Parker, taking the morning paper and laying down on the sofa with it.
“Daddy!” Daddy Parker heard someone say, while they were nudging him. “Wake up! I have soccer practice in half an hour.”
Daddy Parker woke up and saw Jason standing beside him.
“I must have fallen asleep,” said Daddy Parker, taking the newspaper off his chest and folding it up. “Let me splash some water on my face and I will take you to your soccer practice.”
Within ten minutes, Daddy Parker had the three children in the car, ready to go.
“Where are you practicing today?” asked Daddy Parker.
“At the park up the street,” said Jason.
“We have never played there before,” said Daddy Parker.
“No,” said Jason.” We haven’t.”
Daddy Parker drove to the park. There weren’t many cars parked there.
“That is strange,” said Daddy Parker. “Are we early? There is nobody else here.”
“Follow me,” said Jason, leading the way through a couple of empty fields.
“Are you sure you are playing here?” asked Daddy Parker. “There is nobody here.”
“Happy Father’s Day!” shouted the children when they reached an area of the park that had picnic tables.
Daddy Parker was stunned. He saw his wife setting out plates and food from a picnic basket.
“This was your work for the day?” asked Daddy Parker, giving his wife a kiss.
“The children wanted to surprise you,” said Delores. “It was the only way I could think of to be able to get things set up so you wouldn’t notice.”
“I am honoured,” said Daddy Parker, grabbing a plate and putting food on it. “You all surprised me.”
“You do so much for us,” said Jason. “We just wanted to show you how much you mean to us.”
“Well,” said Daddy Parker, wiping a tear for his cheek. “Thank you very much. You all mean the world to me!”
Daddy Parker enjoyed his surprise Father’s Day picnic and, most of all, he enjoyed the day out with his family.
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