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daddy reads a bookFather’s Day: How Did It All Begin?
by Marjorie Dorfman

Why do we celebrate Father’s Day? Read on for some answers and perhaps another question or two. The tradition of Father’s Day has become an occasion to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers and adult male friends are all to be honored on this special day of the year. But how and where did it all begin?

When I was fourteen, I thought my father was the dumbest man I had ever met. When I saw him again at the age of twenty-one, I was amazed at how much he had learned in the last seven years. – Mark Twain

daddy and babeFather’s Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established to promote the sale of greeting cards. When a "Father’s Day" was first proposed back in 1909, there were no such cards to honor the occasion. Mrs. Sonora Dodd, of Washington first got the idea for such a holiday while attending a lecture about Mother’s Day. The idea was not entirely new, as a Dr. Robert Webb conducted what is believed to be the first Father’s Day service at the Central Church of Fairmont, West Virginia in 1908. It was Dodd’s efforts, however, that led to a national observance.

Mrs. Dodd was motivated by her very own special father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran. He was widowed when Sonora’s mother died in childbirth with their sixth child, and he was left to raise his children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was only after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown as a single parent.

As Sonora’s father was born in the month of June, she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington, on the 19th of June, 1910. At about the same time in various towns and cities across America other people were beginning to celebrate a "Father’s Day." In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge (the very same of whom Dorothy Parker asked when told he was dead: "How can you tell?") supported the idea of a national Father’s Day. It wasn’t until 1966, however, that the 3rd Sunday in June officially became Father’s Day with a proclamation signed by Lyndon Baines Johnson.

father and hobbyToday Father’s Day is as popular a holiday as Mother’s Day. (Only fitting, for one could not do it without the other, unless some new way to become a parent has been invented that has escaped my attention.) Although the holiday is not celebrated on the same day everywhere in the world, the concept of honoring Dad with a special day seems to be universal. Flowers are a part of the tradition, as they are for Mother’s Day (Fathers who are florists must pay rent too, you know.) Red roses are worn on Father’s Day to signify that one’s father is living, while white roses means one’s father has died.

father's day To quote Anne Sexton, "it doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." And whoever he was, for better or worse, is a part of who you and I and all of us are today. We must honor that part of ourselves, that immortality in a sense, that carries us from one generation to the next. Consider where Christopher Columbus would have been without his mother. Think about that for just a moment. There would be no America. In addition, where would he have been without his father? And now my friends, the important question. Where would all of us be without Christopher Columbus? In some other strange country without a passport. That’s where.

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers and their children everywhere.

Happy Father's Day

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