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by admin on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 · 574 comments

in Events,Fun Stuff,Promotions


Not sure what to get dad for Father’s Day? We have a solution for you – 4 free meal passes for the family to celebrate at Souplantation/Sweet Tomatoes!

It’s easy to enter, just share your favorite memory of a father figure in the comments below. Life lessons, embarrassing interrogations of your boyfriends, sharing a meal together or just being silly– we want to hear about the moments you treasure most!



Contest ends Sunday, June 16th at 11:59 pm PT. Winners will be selected at random from valid blog entries and notified via email provided. Only one entry per person. Odds of winning based on number of participants. No purchase necessary.

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Guoyi Shi Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I grow up in China. When I was young, I heard about Santa Clause story and talked about it a lot. One Christmas Eve, my dad waited till mid night to hang a big sock on my bed, filled it with peanuts, a can of soda and other treats. I knew it was him but I felt so excited.


Tracy Franks-Hanson Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

The best moment of fatherhood I have ever experienced is watching him hold our baby for the first time. The love in his eyes penetrated my very soul.


Marjorie Mann Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:42 pm

My Dad was always a good listener and cared for us unconditionally. He would stay up till the late hours waiting for us to get home from dates and see how our dates went. He passed away 10 yrs ago and I miss him more than words could ever express.


Jolene B Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:15 am

I remember my dad taking me fishing when I was about 4 or 5. It started to rain and my dad took off his jacket and held it over my head until I was willing to leave. Never caught any fish that day but had great memories.


Melissa Christenson Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 4:59 am

I don’t have once specific memory of my father being a ‘great’ father, because he was always a good dad. He taught me how to ride my bike, how to drive my car and so many other things. I am grateful that I have such a great dad.


Angela Pierstorff Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 6:18 am

The favorite memory of my Dad is he teaching me how to garden. When I was young we never bought fruits or vegetables from the store as we had a giant garden and as children we took care of the garden when Dad was at work and then worked with him in the garden after he was home for the evening. My dad taught me how to take care of the earth and appreciate the things the earth can give to us. There were many lessons learned as we raked and hoed and picked fresh veggies and fruit. We also had great times eating peas from the pods and spraying each other with water from the hose. Now he is teaching my daughters how to garden and as teenagers one of their favorite things is to spend time with their Grandpa in the garden as they do not have their own father to teach and guide them. I could not ask for a better Dad and I know how much he appreciates fresh food.


Erin Carmody Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 8:04 am

My favorite “dad” memory is of my husband. We had just had our first child, and the day we brought him home from the hospital we put my son in the carrier on the floor and I said, “Well, what do we do now?” My husband said, “We be the best parents we can ever be.” It was in the moment, I saw the sincerity, pride and the love that he already had of being a dad and it had only been 5 days since our son was born. That was the beginning of him being the absolute best dad I could hope for to raise my children.


Shane Fiondella Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

My father went through a pretty horrific divorce with my ex-stepmother. I never saw my father humanized, he was always a super hero to me. I was there for him throughout the whole event. After the dust settled I became engaged. I asked my father to stand up in my wedding and and he of course did. He wanted to give a toast/speech at the reception which both my wife and I obliged. He had enough heeling time from the divorce to appreciate young love that I have with my wife. He was his old comical self again (thankfully), but the moment that stood out for me was when he thanked me for all the support I gave him through his dark times. He was proud of the man I had become, which I think all children want to here from their parents. It was a very emotional moment for me being that I was just married, and he was giving me praise in front of the whole family. I am proud of him for everything he went through. And I am proud that he believes I am a good person. Very special moment for me.


Marion Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Wow Shane. I was doing a Bing search for your dad’s book and saw this post. It is so heartwarming. What a great testament to my good buddy. Love both of ya!


marlene mclaurin Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 11:38 am

My Dad, Joseph, died 54 years ago after being sick for many years. I was 7 years old when my Dad got a massive stroke and could no longer work. He was in and out of hospitals with strokes and heart attacks for 11 years before he passed away and my Mom, my brother who was 5 at the time, and I cared for him in our home. I only remember one wonderful thing that happened between my Dad and me when he had a rare week or so of no strokes or loss of speech or memory loss. He was a part time custodian at Briggs Manufacturing Plant in Detroit after his major stroke (a tool and die maker prior), and he came home one day after going to meet with insurance people with 2 rubber gloves that you use for for protecting your hands when cleaning and he showed us the glove, put it to his mouth and with a twinkle in his eye, blew the gloves up like a balloon, tied them up, and gave them to my brother and I to play with. We had a wonderful, fun, carefree afternoon, batting the balloons back and forth out of doors until the balloons fell against the rose bushes and burst. That event has remained crystal clear in my memory for over 50 years and always makes me smile and remember what a caring, loving man my Dad really was in his lifetime as so many of my relatives have often mentioned to me.


Scott Dobie Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Going to the fair.


Edd Bloom Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

When my grand-daughter called to wish me A Happy Fathwer’s Day, my mind flashed to her ist birthday and we gave her a big Barney the dinosaur, purple & green, she squealed and laughed & hugged Barney. When my heart jumped up into my throat, I realized what being a Dad was , its seeing your first grand child laughing and being happy.


Jeanaen Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Yesterday would have been Daddy’s 82nd birthday. He was very proud of of his date. I will not believe that he was meant to leave life this early. I always knew that he would walk me down the aisle at my wedding. My daddy had a heart condition and this year spring got too hot too soon for him.
My daddy was only in my life for a brief time. My parents separated twice when I was still a child. It was not an easy for me or them. Years later I had the courage to attempt reconciliation with Daddy. I was very happy when he agreed to attend my Masters’ graduation ceremony at Northern Illinois University.
Daddy loved music. He Taught me to dance as soon as I could stand. I learned to play the clarinet in fourth grade. I played it in high school marching band and through grad school. I always hoped Daddy would see me as I marched through town in holiday parades. Throughout my life I would spend my freetime singing and dancing with my cat. My cat, Tiger, was with us 18 years thanks to Daddy convincing my mommy to allow me to have a cat.
Daddy taught me to us tools. He did a lot of leatherwork and unlike most girls in school, I enjoyed woodowrking.
Every now and then he would surprise me with a bag full of doughnuts. I didn’t have a lot of sweets growing up. Once he gave me ice cream when I tried to eat spinach for the first time. Thank you Daddy for understanding a 5 year old tastes.
We didn’t have a lot of money and I was raised to recycle bottles, cans, and newspaper before recycling became fashionable. I got so excited about the little money that I earned.
Daddy loved his “shoot ‘em ups” and went to the movie theater every week. I remember watching Columbo, Rockford Files, Kojak, etc. Daddy would still be enjoying those shows today.
My Daddy will be greatly missed around his apt complex where his smiley face and work was appreciated. My daddy was a man of few words but I will miss his phone calls which had become more frequent. I love you, Daddy.


Robin Shields Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 5:14 pm

The best memory I have of my dad was when I was little and I was afraid of dying. My dad said if anything ever happened that I died he would go with me. I truly believe he would have because I was his baby girl till the day he died. I was 54 and he never failed to call me his baby though I had two younger siblings. We were so close.


Jeanie B. Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 11:53 pm

My dad is a dentist and had made me a plastic mouthguard. I told him “thanks” but didn’t look too closely at the mouthguard, probably took it for granted. Then, a year or two later, I was looking at the mouthguard and suddenly I noticed- he had carefully carved “Love Dad” in small letters into the side of it when he made it. I had been wearing it every night, but I had never noticed that extra work he put in, just for me. Love my Dad!


Cynthia Lopez Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 9:24 am

Cynthia Lopez My best memory of my dad would be when we were little would always play sports with us no matter if he was busy he always tryed spending as much time possible and as now we are still a really close family and has always been there to help us out!


Pam Hermes Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I was one of the winners! I was so excited! Thanks to Sweet Tomatoes for sponsoring these contests & giving us a chance to win some awesome meals!


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