In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd was inspired by a Mother’s Day sermon at church and proposed a day to celebrate fathers. She took her idea to local churches and the YMCA, and on June 19, 1910 the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington, USA. Her dad raised her and her five brothers after her mother died.
The holiday became official in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday in June would be Father’s Day.
On April 24, 1972, a joint resolution of the Congress of the United States approved one special Sunday each year in honor of fathers.
In accordance with this resolution, President Barack Obama proclaimed June 16, 2013 as Father’s Day in the United States of America, calling “upon all citizens to observe that day with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.”
In the course of writing this blog post, my children brought me my Father’s Day gift—a drawing they have made especially for their papa.
While some are lucky to have a traditional family with father, mother, and children living together in the same house, there are people living with or being raised by their stepfather, presumed father, unwed father, grandfather, alleged father, absentee father, mentor-father, single father, foster father or adopted father.
Besides, there are others who rely solely on their heavenly Father for parenting, provision, and protection.
Whichever father is making a positive contribution into your life, please take a moment to call, text, or give something to wish them a Happy Father’s Day for their love, support, and positive contributions into your life.
Thank you for attending assemblies and parent-teacher conferences. Thank you for attending baseball, soccer, and basketball games. Thank you for taking us for piano and dance lessons. Thank you for helping out with homework. Thank you for instilling in us values, characters and qualities that set us on the path to success.
Thank you for taking on an extra shift and putting money away so we can go to college. Thank you for mentoring and motivating us to be our best. Above all, thank you for being present in our lives.
To every man doing his very best to provide, protect, and care for their children—biological and otherwise, we wish you a very Happy Father’s Day.