By Julie Samrick
It’s no coincidence that Fathers’ Day is in June, but could there be a better month for dads to revel in our gratitude? There are barbecues to be had, baseball games to attend, and other fun, outdoorsy things like fishing and special camping trips.
It was Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, WA who officially proposed a national holiday for fathers in 1909, wanting to honor her own father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who’d been widowed and left to raise six children on a farm by himself. The first Fathers’ Day celebration was held in June of 1910. Dodd actually chose June for the month since it was the month of her father’s birth. And it finally became a national public holiday in 1972 when President Nixon declared the third Sunday in June to forever be the day we honor the fathers and father figures in our lives.
Fathers are low maintenance. Florists, greeting card makers, telephone companies and restaurants say their biggest profits of the year are on Mothers’ Day. Always treated like a queen on that special day, I always tell my husband he can do anything he wants on his special day too. When the kids were little that meant no dirty diapers to change. I asked if he’d like to go to a baseball game this year? Would he like a special meal? All he wants to do is go for a run and then work in the yard later in the afternoon.
With those kinds of simple requests, every Sunday could be Fathers’ Day!
Does your father or husband have any requests for Father’s Day? How do you celebrate it?
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