Father’s Day Memories of Learning to Drive with Dad and Ford Canada-Giveaway

Growing up in small-town Saskatchewan, one of my earliest memories was driving down gravel roads in my dad’s old Ford truck. He had an acreage on the edge of the Qu’Appelle valley and there were times we’d go driving on roads that were little more than tracks in the grass. On the top of the valley, Dad used to occasionally let me, the oldest child, sit and steer the truck across his property. I started out sitting in his lap and then, as I got older, was eventually allowed to drive on the acreage roads myself, with Dad beside me keeping a watchful eye on me!

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Just like me, Zackary has always loved being behind the wheel!

For many children in Saskatchewan, those times spent out with our fathers were our first driving lessons, often started a decade before we would be eligible to actually take driving lessons and get that coveted Learner’s License. Any child whose parents owned a farm or acreage had so much open private property that it just made sense to take advantage of it. And those bonding moments with my dad driving around in that old Ford truck remain some of my favourite memories of time spent with him to this day.

Now Father’s Day is just days away and I can’t help but find myself reminiscing about those times spent driving with my dad. And Ford Canada knows that I’m not the only one! That’s why the company has put together a fabulous Father’s Day giveaway. One lucky Mommy Kat and Kids reader is going to win a Ford Genuine Parts Bar Stool with Back Rest, a Ford ball cap and a Ford Genuine Parts Pint Glass Set containing a 5 qt. Metal Bucket, four Pint Glasses, 12 Coasters and a Bar Towel, a total value of $250! To enter to win, just leave a blog comment about a favourite memory of spending time with your dad!

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This Father’s Day, I’ll be heading out to my dad’s acreage with my brother and sister and all our kids to surprise our dad and enjoy a little time together. We’ll enjoy the warm Saskatchewan spring, cook up some burgers on the barbeque and let the kids run around and spend time with their grandpa. And chances are pretty good that Zackary and his cousin Anna, at eight and seven, will get the chance to drive with Grandpa in the truck just like we all did as kids. It’s one of those traditions that I hope will continue for generations to come, because I know it’s one that creates memories that last forever!
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183 thoughts on “Father’s Day Memories of Learning to Drive with Dad and Ford Canada-Giveaway”

  1. Going in town Boston at Christmas and looking in the store Windows at all animated toys and elves. We rode the train in town and home real late at night.

  2. Jocelyne Alldrick

    Taking me driving for the first time…when we got back, he flipped his glasses upside down, and his hat sideways….my mom had the camcorder ready…he jumped out the truck and kissed the ground, pretending i was the worst driver!!! lol

  3. Melissa Parker

    A great memory I have with my dad is driving our big old red ford van when I was just learning how to drive. He took me out on the gravel roads and just let me do my thing!

  4. Alison Braidwood

    I go blueberry picking in the north Ontario wilds every summer with my Dad. He’s 82 and is still a rabid berry picker, so we always have a great time.

  5. A favorite memory with my dad was the first time he took us camping without my mom being there. We were a little worried and we missed her, but dad did an awesome job taking care of us. We went fishing, we went swimming in the lake, and we had bonfires with marshmallows. It was so much fun!

  6. My family and I were the only ones in the family that liked a potato recipe that my Dad made, i always felt special when he decided to make it because it meant that he was doing this specially for us.

  7. kristen visser

    on my wedding day! i was in the brides room and he was standing in the doorway with my back towards me. I told him to turn around but he said “No i’ll just cry” Finally when he turned around he said “there I go” instant water works. we just hugged for a few moments. amazing moment

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