What I never told my dad

Each and every one of us has a special and unique relationship with our old man. But we’d be lying if we said we didn’t hide secrets, large and small, from them.

It’s Father’s Day coming up in Australia, so we thought what better way to celebrate our new book of dad than allowing people to get those secrets out in the open.

So with this in mind, we reached out to people and asked them to share some things they had never told their dads.

The results were astounding. From positive thankful messages, to tragic unresolved issues which really tugged on our heartstrings. 

You can see all of the responses here, but I advise you to have a box of Kleenex at the ready. You’ll sniffle, you’ll laugh and perhaps you’ll find a new found appreciation for your dad.

A Difficult Admission

In the spirit of announcing secrets from our dads, I am jumping on the bandwagon to reveal a little unknown truth I have never told mine.

*Inhales deeply*

On your 50th birthday, we were kicking a football around in the sweltering mid-summer heat. I was fully clothed in thick jeans, a long sleeved shirt and a hoodie, all sodden with sweat. My long shaggy hair (oh how I miss you) sticking to my head like a Mars Bar melted onto tarmac.

“Why don’t you just take your hoodie off Joe?!” my dad asked suspiciously.

“I’m fine, honestly! It’s pretty nippy today!”

This wasn’t an act of rebellion. This was me hiding the fact I had recently got a tattoo on my left forearm. I couldn’t tell him then, as it may have resulted in cardiac arrest. So dad, if you’re reading this, I didn’t have a strange phobia which meant I couldn’t remove my hoodie. I had a tattoo. I’m sorry.

The temple of home truths

If there’s something that you have never told your dad, you can also upload your own messages here, which will be posted online for you anonymously.

If you’d prefer to tell dad how much you appreciate him in a more direct way this Father’s Day, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. In light of the important upcoming event, we’ve released our new Australian version of the Father’s Day book. Take a look at that here.

Oh, and if your dad is a serial ‘dad-joker,’ give one of those shambollic puns the nod of approval just for one day.

No matter how much it hurts on the inside, it’ll mean the world to him.


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