Happy Father’s Day

Its time to celebrate the Dads for all they do-(never mind the things they don’t do)… This coming Sunday, just like any other third Sunday in June is Father’s Day, so let’s show them some love!

We have Sonora Smart Dodd for starting the tradition of Father’s Day, in honor of her father William Jackson Smart.  Mr Smart was a widower whose wife died in childbirth while giving birth to their sixth child.  Sonora, who was sixteen at the time of her mother’s passing, was the only daughter and helped her father raise her four brothers and her infant baby brother.  Sonora had much love and adoration for her father and thought that, just like Mother’s Day, there should be a day to honor one’s father as well.   She approached the Spokane Ministerial Alliance in her hometown in Washington state and presented her idea for Father’s Day, and her goal was to have the celebration take place on her father’s birthday, which was June 5th.  While the Ministers welcomed the opportunity to honor fathers, they felt they needed time to create a proper celebration and amongst themselves choose a date of June 19, 1910 as the first day that Father’s Day would be recognized.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson sent a telegraph to Spokane praising its annual Father’s Day celebrations and, over time, the concept of Father’s Day grew to be embraced throughout our country.  In 1966, President Lyndon B Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that declared the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. And, in 1972 President Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held every third Sunday of June.

Most fathers bring an interesting take on parenting, which oftentimes just adds to the family fun.  What dads bring to the lives of our children is very important and actually provides a deeper perspective for our kids, because not everything in our child’s life in just about what mommy says or does.  Dads are people too, so let’s give them their due…


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