I never knew how powerful a family mascot is until our family developed one unknowingly. It all started over 10 years ago when my parents decorated a sibling’s front lawn with pink flamingos for April Fool’s Day. A short time later, those same flamingos made their way to another family member’s yard. And before we knew it, “flamingoed” became a new verb in our extended-family dictionary whenever we would “flamingo the yard” with our now-traveling flamboyance of pink lawn decor. Over time, flamingos have become our extended-family symbol (especially among the women). “Flamingo” is the equivalent of the word “love” in our family.
When something in the home needs fixing, Dad or Grandpa is on the way with his tools to help make the repairs. You thank him verbally for all he does, and this activity adds another fun way to let Dad know how much you appreciate him. And it’s so simple! Just find a permanent marker and write notes of love and thanks on his go-to tools. Every time he pulls out his hammer or screwdriver, he will know how very much you love him. And it may just make it a little more enjoyable for him to make the needed repairs.