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A Day Just For Dad
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While the inspiration behind Mother’s Day started in West Virginia, Father’s Day originated on the west coast in the state of Washington. Spokane, Washington, to be exact. Sonora Smart Dodd, inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, wanted to recognize her father, William Smart, by celebrating a “Father’s” Day, too. Orphaned by the death of their mother, the Smart children were raised by their loving and selfless father.

While President Coolidge set aside the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day, it didn’t become official until President Johnson proclaimed it so in 1966. In a final gesture of national acceptance, President Nixon signed the special day into law in 1972.

On this day we not only recognize our fathers, but the inestimable value of fatherhood as an element essential to raising mature, wise, and honorable children. We especially acknowledge those faithful fathers who love on their kids day in and day out: single dads, stay-at-home dads, step dads, and Mr. Mom’s – those rare dads who act as the primary caregivers in the home.

The very word “Father” implies a unique relationship, and even mentioning the concept can bring about powerful emotions in each of us. F athers have tremendous power over the lives of their children; not in a physical form so much as the emotional and psychological power that comes from the position they hold.

For all of our vaunted teenage rebellion, most of us are far more like our parents than we wish to admit. Like it or not, we are shaped by our fathers more than we think. For good or ill, fathers make a profound impact on our lives.

It seems people the world over harbor a deep need to please one’s father. We wait and want for his approval of our behavior, his discipline of our poor decisions, his public pride in us, his counsel during difficult times, and above all, his example of a life of integrity and respect. Here are some quotes from, and about, fathers:

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” Anne Sexton, author.

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” Bill Cosby, Author and Entertainer.

“If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.” Bruce Barton, author.

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
Henry Ward Beecher, Author.

“It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.” Alice Walker, author.

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” Charles Wadworth, author.

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi” Atlantic Monthly, 1874

Roses are the Father’s Day flower. Give red for fathers who are living; white for those who have passed on. Have plenty of both on hand to give to your clients this weekend. If you have a garden, you might consider planting a rose this weekend in honor of your special dad.

Click here for great Father's Day Cookout recipes:

Check this page for wacky crafts, activities, games, presents, and more recipes:

Visit this site for a Southern-Inspired Father's Day Menu:

Click here for a list of movies about Fathers

This Father’s Day, June 19th, find a special way to honor your father or father figure, and let that person know how much you love and appreciate him.





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