|Like Mother's Day, Father's Day is not a day that was created by the greeting card companies to sell cards and useless gifts. But unlike Mother's Day, Father's Day is reputed to have started on the other side of the country - in Washington State.
Father's Day is generally attributed to Sonora Smart Dodd, who wanted to honor her own father, William Smart. Smart was a Civil War veteran and ended up raising his children after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. Dodd realized the strength, selflessness and love that her father showed them in being a single parent and decided to honor him. That was in 1909.
The first Father's Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. The idea spread to a few other cities across the nation - and the idea of a national Father's Day gained support from President Calvin Coolidge.
It wasn't until 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation that declared the third Sunday in June as Father's Day ~ and another 6 years before Father's Day was officially recognized by the U.S. Congress.
Father's Day has never taken off in popularity like the celebration of Mother's Day. Some say it's just the nature of the beast - men often have trouble showing affection, especially to another male. Maybe it's because so many men were lost in World War I & II, Korea and Viet Nam and many children grew up without a father - or with stepfathers.
Many other children really didn't grow up with Dad like they did with Mom, who - until recent years - was usually home with the kids. Dad was there for breakfast and dinner and weekends. Another aspect that distanced Dad from the kids - he was the disciplinarian. Children shook in their shoes to hear "just wait till your Father gets home!"
Some fathers are heavily involved in their children's lives, others aren't. Some are there on alternate weekends, others aren't. On Father's Day we honor the man or men in our lives who did the fathering - and that could be a biological father, stepfather, uncle, cousin or another adult male. Any man can be a father, but not every father is DAD.
|A way to celebrate Dad - to wear a rose - a red one if your father is living or a white rose if your father who is deceased.
For Father's Day, treat Dad like a king! Send him a cyber-card or give him breakfast in bed. You can give Dad coupons that he can print out and redeem later, or some other gift - maybe something other than a tie this year!!
And Fathers - make time to spend with those who make you Dad!
This is going to hurt me more than it is going to hurt you.
Money doesn't grow on trees.
Don't make me come back there.
When I was a kid, we didn't even have a TV.
Wipe that smile off you face.
You're getting too big for you britches.
As long as you live under my roof ...
"Hey" is for horses.
If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times ...
If it was easy, everyone could do it.
You call that music?
I'm not paying to heat the outdoors.
Nobody ever said life was fair.
I don't know, ask your mother.
Big boys/girls don't cry.
Were you raised in a barn?
Do you think I'm made of money?
You're not leaving the house dressed like that.
I never talked like that to my father.
(Is this the only real answer parents have??)...
Because I said so, that's why.
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Father's Day Clip Art
Neckties through the Ages
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Father's Day on the Net
Blackdog's Father's Day Celebration
Father's Day at Web Holidays
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