It’s a mystery why Father’s Day simply doesn’t stir up the attention that Mother’s Day does.
Every year flowers are sent, phone calls are made, jewelry is purchased and dinner reservations are made in sweeping numbers to celebrate our mothers – and rightly so.
Come Father’s Day, there aren’t as many ads in the paper for brunches. And there isn’t as much hoopla surrounding the day in general. That’s a shame, as good fathers deserve to be recognized just as much. The day itself was launched early in the 20th century to compliment Mother’s Day.
It was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd from Spokane and was first celebrated on June 19, 1910.
Her father was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane. After hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, Dodd told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday .
Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors hadn’t enough time to prepare and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
It did not have much success initially.
A bill to accord national recognition of the holiday was introduced to Congress in 1913 but Congress resisted, fearing that it would become commercialized.
President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 the day be observed by the nation, but stopped short of issuing a national proclamation.
In 1957, Senator Margaret Chase Smith wrote a proposal accusing Congress of ignoring fathers for 40 years while honouring mothers, thus, “(Singling) out just one of our two parents.” In 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson finally issued the first presidential proclamation honouring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Six years later, the day was made a national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
It was about time. Fathers play a key role in the raising and development of children and their role is often not recognized as much as it should be. This Sunday take your time to show your dad you care . After all, none of us would be here if it weren’t for our fathers.