Posted by on Jun 17, 2012 in Articles, Blog, Dinosaur Dad, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Happy Father’s Day!

Let me be among the first to wish all dads a Happy Father’s Day!  Here’s a section taken from www.theholidayspot.com :

“Father’s Day is celebrated popularly on 3rd Sunday in June in many parts of the world. The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.

In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. President Nixon, in 1972, established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June. So Father’s Day was born as a token of love and gratitude that a daughter cherishes for her beloved father. Roses are the Father’s Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.”

In older days, and in some places in Europe still today, the idea of a “Father’s Day” is celebrated on the Feast of St. Joseph, in March.  Many if not most of today’s Holidays such as St. Valentine’s (or as it’s more & more commonly known, and sadly so, today…just plain Valentine’s Day), St. Patrick’s and “All Saint’s Day” or the night before it…All Hallow’s Eve or  Halloween, get their origins from the Catholic Church traditions of the Feast Days or the day of a certain Saint’s martyrdom. 

My Dad was never one to do much grilling out on his special day, in fact, while he really appreciated his family, I don’t think my dad liked having a lot of fuss being made over him on Father’s Day. I think it comes from that “Greatest Generation”, WWII, Depression Era, attitude towards life.   His perfect Father’s Day would be a chance to get out in the garage and tinker around with building or fixing something.

I’ve noticed the TV commercials over the past few days, that deal with Father’s Day gift giving, focus more on tools and outdoor grills and lawn equipment.  I think this is so because, Dads are “doers”!  We do stuff.  From building a sandbox for our kids to getting the burgers just right, we do the things that keep our family safe, happy, protected and strong.  While we may like to spend a little (very little) time in the hammock, under a shade tree, we understand the need of our family to be provided for and cared for and our duty to do so….and in spite of the Homer Simpson images in the media, advertisers know it too.

So today, while the burgers are sizzling, and you’re fixing your daughters bike….again….let me say, way to go Dad!  Today is the day the world gives a nod to the God given calling and your awesome responsibility of being a Dad.  Here’s your pat on the back.  Happy Father’s Day!


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