FATHERS' DAY HISTORY
Sonora Dodd, of Washington, first had the idea of a "father's day."
She thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a
Mother's Day sermon in 1909.
Sonora wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart.
Smart, who was a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife died
while giving birth to their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise
the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in
eastern Washington state.
After Sonora became an adult she realized the selflessness her father
had shown in raising his children as a single parent. It was her
father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of
his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father
was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day
celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national
Father's Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a
presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as
#1. WHAT IS A DAD?
A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but instead
picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. A dad is
someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes but instead lets
you find your own way, even though his heart breaks in silence when
you get hurt. A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you
when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed, and has
faith in you even when you fail... Dad, you're everything a dad
should be and some.
~~By Susan Ceylise.~~
#2. WHAT IS A DAD?
A Dad is a person who is loving and kind, And often he knows what you
have on your mind. He's someone who listens, suggests, and defends. A
dad can be one of your very best friends! He's proud of your
triumphs, but when things go wrong, A dad can be patient and helpful
and strong In all that you do, a dad's love plays a part. There's
always a place for him deep in your heart. And each year that passes,
you're even more glad, More grateful and proud just to call him your
dad! Thank you, Dad... for listening and caring, for giving and
sharing, but, especially, for just being you!
Happy Father's Day!
[ From Mr. Mom -- via Keith Todd ]
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