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A Father’s Day wish list

Shutterstock_1059277193First celebrated in 1910, Father’s Day is a day that goes far beyond greeting cards. It’s a day everyone honors fathers and all that they do for us. Whether it be advice, help from a handyman or just a hug, they deserve to be celebrated.

We asked CPA dads what they’re hoping to receive on their special day. Here’s what they said:

“All I want is a simple day with my wife, son, daughter-in-law, and my two-year-old grandson watching the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. A battle down the stretch between Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods would be nice also.”

Barry Melancon, CPA, CGMA

“Even though every day feels like Father’s Day to me, getting a call from each of my three sons still feels good. Getting my hands dirty in my garden is gravy.”

Edward S. Karl, CPA, CGMA

“My number one wish for Father’s Day would be having all my kids together in the mountains. Since they are all pursuing careers around the country — from Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Dallas, Texas, to Portland, Oregon —it’s hard to get them together, but we managed that over Memorial Day in Telluride, Colorado. So, I guess you could say I got my wish, just a couple of weeks early. I will celebrate with Jana, my wife of 34 great years as of June 9! Spending time with Jana, our dog Charlie, and being home will be the next best thing I could ask for. Oh yeah —  there’s always the standby socks and underwear (the line I always give my kids for any gift giving day). I had to throw that in for my fashion-minded daughter, Elise.”

Eric Hansen, CPA, CGMA

“I would love to have a special breakfast with my children and with my two grandkids — a breakfast that spoils me with waffles or pancakes, Nutella, and my favorite “cortado” (a drink of espresso coffee with a small amount of steamed milk). And if one is looking for gift ideas, one cannot go wrong with a gift card from Harbor Freight Tools!”


“What I would like most on Father’s Day would be a relaxed, lazy day, where we aren’t rushing around to get somewhere, there are no chores to do but maybe some family Monopoly, ping pong or badminton, and dinner out so someone else can do the dishes. And, of course, no squabbling from the teenagers.”

Chris Cole, CPA, CGMA, CFE, CFF

“For Father’s Day, I’m hoping to get outside with my kids. I work from home most of the time so getting some fresh air is a must. In my ideal world, we’d go see the wildlife at the Durham Life and Science Museum, get lunch at a diner-style restaurant and spend the afternoon watching the Norfolk Tides (Orioles affiliate) wipe the floor with the Durham Bulls.”

Carl Mayes, CPA

“While it may seem corny, to me Father’s Day is a day to be with family.  If could ask for one thing, I'd give anything for a chance for my family to celebrate the day with my mom, who passed away earlier this year, and my father-in-law, who passed away a few years ago.”

Scott Spiegel, CPA, CGMA, CITP

“What I’d like for Father’s Day? Sleeping late so I can dream about our upcoming trip to the mountains, time with my wife and kids (after I wake up), a cold IPA, a sizzling hot steak (cooked medium), and my oldest daughter to have fun as we drop her off at her first ever sleep-away camp on that day. And maybe 24 hours where I’m not thinking about what ‘qualified business income earned in a trade or business’ is, and is not!”

Bobby Schroeder, CPA

What are you most looking forward to this Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!

Elizabeth Rock, Associate Manager - Enterprise Social Media, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants


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