“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano
Father’s Day acknowledges and appreciates the important role played by a father in raising the child.
Some say Father’s Day is a very old concept brought to the forefront of modern thought by the efforts of Ms. Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Washington State, USA.
There is the archaeological story of a 4000 year old clay card given from a young boy, Elmesu, to his Babylonian father.
Ms. Dodd got the idea for Father’s day in a 1909 sermon on Mother’s Day. Her father raised six children on his own and she started her campaign to honor fathers as well as mothers.
In the United States, President Woodrow Wilson approved of the festival in 1916, President Calvin Coolidge also went on record in support of the holiday, but it wasn’t until 1966 that there was a Presidential Proclamation, made by President Lyndon Johnson, declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
In 1972 Richard Nixon signed it into a permanent national observance. It only took 63 years for it become official.
I have been fortunate enough to raise two children with the world’s best dad. He has always shared equally in the responsibilities of childrearing. He has always challenged our children to be their best, always believed in them, and always been there for them.
I miss my own father and wish he was still here.
Don’t wait to tell your dad how much he means to you. Every year and all through the year. You never know how much precious time you will have.
So grab your neckties, your soap on the rope and those beautiful handmade gifts and let your dads know how much you mean to them.
Or better yet, remember this year Father’s Day falls on Nature Photography Day. Grab a camera and take your dad for a walk.