Happy Father’s Day

Okay I know I’m a few days late on this but hey, I’m a father myself and I have been busy.  Father’s Day is a day to celebrate those dad’s who have always been there for us.  Those father’s who have done everything they can to support us, raise us, and pass on their knowledge to us.

For a little history behind this special day, Father’s Day is a celebration of fathers inaugurated in the United States in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Dayin celebrating fatherhood and male parenting.

After the success obtained by Anna Jarvis with the promotion of Mother’s Day in the US, somewanted to create similar holidays for other family members, and Father’s Day was the choice most likely to succeed. There were other persons in the US who independently thought of “Father’s Day”,but the credit for the modern holiday is always given to Sonora Dodd,who was the driving force behind its establishment.

Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washingtonat the YMCAin 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas.  Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.  Her father, the Civil Warveteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.  After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.  Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors hadn’t enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.

It did not have much success initially. In the 1920s, Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was studying in the Art Institute of Chicago, and it faded into relative obscurity, even in Spokane.  In the 1930s Dodd returned to Spokane and started promoting the celebration again, raising awareness at a national level.  She had the help of those trade groups that would benefit most from the holiday, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco pipes, and any traditional present to fathers.  Since 1938 she had the help of the Father’s Day Council, founded by the New York Associated Men’s Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion.  Americans resisted the holiday during a few decades, perceiving it as just an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of Mother’s Day, and newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes.  But the trade groups didn’t give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and they eventually succeeded.  By the mid 1980s the Father’s Council wrote that “(…) [Father’s Day] has become a ‘Second Christmas’ for all the men’s gift-oriented industries.”

A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced in Congress in 1913.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson went to Spokane to speak in a Father’s Day celebration and wanted to make it official, but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized. US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.  Two earlier attempts to formally recognize the holiday had been defeated by Congress.  In 1957, Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honoring mothers, thus “[singling] out just one of our two parents”.  In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

I always thought my father was one of the greatest out there.  He served in the Air Force got out then served in the Army National Guard for 20 years.  He did construction for 20 years before starting his own business.  He was always there to pass his wisdom on to me.  To try and show me what he knew.  This man seemed to know how to do everything from developing film to making keys.  Every time he got a new hobby he seemed to do it perfect.  There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or didn’t do right.  I was and still am amazed at his knowledge and ability to do things so well the first or second time ever trying.  So Happy Father’s Day dad, I love you.

Back in 1992, I became a father myself, it was the most wonderful feeling I ever felt.  I went on to have 3 children of my own 2 girls and a boy in the middle.  The oldest has recently graduated with her associates degree.  They all are amazing children who I would do anything for.  Several years ago I became a father again, I became the step father to two more children who I care for very much.  I have stepped in where their own father disappeared from.  It is challenging at times being a father and a step father but the end reward is what makes it all worth while.  I love my children with everything I have and want nothing but the best for them.  I only hope I am half the father to them I feel my father was to me.

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5 thoughts on “Happy Father’s Day

  1. Shannygirl

    You are as great as your dad.. in fact I think your better then him, but you know my feelings there! Your an amazign step father too. I know Jonathan can be very difficult to parent, special needs children don’t come with instruction manuels. We will just keep trudging through, and praying we did our best in the end.

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