Okay, you called Mom on Mother’s Day. You did, right? Good. So now we turn to Dad and his day. Here’s a bit about how this special day came about to honor those very special guys we call Dad.
Origin of Father’s Day
Sonora Dodd of Washington is credited by many as the person who brought about the national observance of Father’s Day when she decided to honor her father in 1910. Her father was a widowed Civil War veteran and raised Sonora and her five siblings as a single parent in rural eastern Washington State.
While Dr. Robert Webb conducted what is believed to be the first Father’s Day service at the Central Church of Fairmont in West Virginia in 1908, Sonora Dodd’s continuing efforts led to the eventual national observance.
President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea in 1924 and 1926 the National Father’s Day Committee met in New York City.
Congress passed a Joint Resolution in 1956 recognizing the observance of Father’s Day and President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring Father’s Day an official national holiday.
President Richard Nixon made it permanent in 1972 by signing into law a U.S. Father’s Day to be observed on the third Sunday of June.
Just ‘Fore’ Dad
This year, Dad’s special day falls on June 17th. If your Dad’s a golfer, celebrating Father’s Day is easy because the final round of the U.S. Open is played on Father’s Day. Slip him a sleeve of Three Stooges golf balls along with a card, keep everyone away from the TV (Unless you’re watching The Three Stooges) and let him watch it in peace with his favorite snacks and libations and you’ve made his day.
If golf’s not his game, there will be NBA playoff action, racing, and baseball around the dial. Or he can tune in several of the home improvement shows if he’s a fix-it kind of guy like The Three Stooges! Nyuk! Nyuk! Nyuk!
Then maybe he could just relax with a good book, which in this day and age is a real treat for any Dad because who has the time? Just ask Mom if you’re not sure about this.
Father’s Day is a good day to cook Dad his favorite meal or to tear up the ‘honey do’ list (at least for this particular weekend), give him unlimited access to the telephone, let him play on the computer and have some other family member walk the dog.
Just remember this: Tell Dad you love him. That’s all a Father needs to make this or any day special.