Sunday, June 17, 2007

Fathers day

The Story of Father's Day

Father's Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards. In fact when a "father's day" was first proposed there were no Father's Day cards!
Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with 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. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.

The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington. At about the same time in various towns and cities across American other people were beginning to celebrate a "father's day." In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Finally in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.
Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all honored on Father's Day.

I just want to honor my father who is no longer with us and who I miss dearly, My father in-law for always being there for us, to all our friends who are fathers for being such GREAT examples for us,

But most of all to my loving husband who I adore. Happy Fathers Day to you. Even though Sophia is not physically here with us this year, I know that you are already her Daddy. Riz you are going to be the best daddy, I can't wait to see you in action.

I love you ( and I know Sophia will too)



Cheri said...

Susan, what a beautiful entry on your blog!! I agree with you, "Riz is going to be a GREAT dad and Sophia is going to be so lucky to have him as her daddy". :)

Karen said...

Hi Susan - Thanks for sharing the history behind Father's Day. I honestly didn't know how it got started! Oh, and I second what Cheri just said, Riz is going to be a fantastic daddy to Sophia!

Sophia's Mama said...

You guys are so sweet! Thank you for saying what I have always known, Riz is going to be a GREAT daddy... :)

Susan R

Alyson & Ford said...

My father passed recently and it is sad that he will never know his new grand-daughter. He would have if the original schedule had happened....
Happy Father's Day to all future Daddy's!

LID 01/27/06

Kevin & Kimberly said...

Susan - Thanks for your nice comment on our new blog!! Cheri has said so many wonderful things about you!! I have put your blog in my faves am looking foward to keeping up with it. Thanks for putting out the idea to do this - it has been so much fun!!

Take care!
Kim :)

Julie said...

Happy Father's Day Riz! You are already a daddy! Sophia is lucky to have you!

Shane said...

Riz, Hope you had a great Father's Day!!