Sunday was Do Over Day in our house since our first Father’s Day was a total disaster this year. If you are confused refer to my last Father’s Day post I wrote on June 5th. I put much thought into this post but a couple things happened. First, I realized I was more interested in the origin of the day itself then writing about our lazy day. Second, I had horendous stomache pain that prevented me from writing anything coherent for two days. Anyway, here is my rant and research.
Yah I get dates mixed up
Just in case you’re wondering, Father’s Day is the 3rd Sunday in June. It is another one of those highly commercialized holidays. I don’t believe you need to empty your bank account to show dad that you love and appreciate your your special guy. Father’s Day is about finding a thoughtful way to truly celebrate a special relationship in your life.
Like Sonora Louise Smart Dodd did when she actively campaigned to get this whole holiday started in the first place. Sonora’s dad was a widower raising his family in Spokane, Washington in 1910. The Civil War Veteran was left with six children when his wife died in childbirth.
So someone got it right
Sonora felt that if it was customary to honor mothers, why not hard working fathers? She wanted Father’s Day to be on her father’s birthday (June 5th) but the date was pushed out to the third Sunday in June to accomidate her church. The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19th 1910.
So the observance of Father’s Day spread among the states.
In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge wrote that Father’s Day, “is calculated to establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and also to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.”
But Father’s Day didn’t become a national holiday until President Nixon signed on the dotted line in 1972.
Father’s Day gets overlooked by someMy husband thinks Father’s Day gets a bad wrap compared to Mother’s Day. I guess people spend oodles on moms, but dads get pocket knives and funny socks or something like that. I think it is the story that is most important. Did you make your day a memorable one this year?
What is your Father’s Day story?