People come and people go. None of us are here to stay forever. I feel Blessed that I got to know my dad. I was only 19yo when he was called by God to go home. I will never forget him and I really do think of him often.
A Tribute to all Daddies on Father’s Day
To me he was the perfect dad. He was a good man. He was unique, a true gentleman, full of wisdom, compassionate, kind and caring. He was also of the generation that didn’t show much emotions but we all knew and felt the love he had for us by his smile and actions.
Now I’m a dad of three very beautiful kids who are adults with lives and families of their own. I also have adorable grandchildren and another on the way. I don’t get to see my children and grandchildren like I wish I could but I love them more than life itself.
Some people have never seen their dads or are estranged from them for whatever reason, even though they’re alive. Others don’t even know who their dads are. Father’s Day will probably be sad for them too.
I wish I had one more chance to tell my dad I love him and have him know all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I would love to see his face as he would see that the life he gave to his children has continued in our own kids as his legacy. I wish I would be granted a special day where this could happen. I know it can’t be but in my heart, even though he is not here in the flesh he is watching over us in spirit. He knows.
If you still have your dad, cherish him, love him and appreciate him. Let him know. If your dad has passed keep his memory alive in your heart. I promise, he will always be alive in the love you have for him.
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Some History about Father’s Day
In June of every year, we honor fathers. The first Mother’s Day was celebrated in 1914, but a holiday honoring fathers did not become official until 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday in June would be Father’s Day. President Richard Nixon made this proclamation permanent in 1972 by signing it into law.
But this doesn’t mean that the holiday was not celebrated before this time. The idea for Father’s Day is attributed to Sonora Dodd, who was raised by her father after her mother’s death during childbirth. While listening to a sermon at church on Mother’s Day, she thought about all her father had done for her and her 5 siblings and decided fathers should have a day, too. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children on a farm. She encouraged churches in her area, Spokane, Wash., to honor fathers that month. A day in June was chosen for the first Father’s Day celebration because it was the month William Smart was born. So in 1910, Spokane’s mayor proclaimed June 17 as the first Father’s Day.
Over the years, the idea spread, and people lobbied Congress to establish the holiday. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson, who had signed a proclamation establishing Mother’s Day, approved the idea, but never signed a proclamation for it. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made it a national event to “establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations.”
The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.
Even though Father’s Day originated in here in the United States, it is now celebrated in the UK, India, Canada, China, France, Greece, Japan and even Hong Kong, and also celebrated on the third Sunday of June. The first Sunday of September is observed as Father’s Day in Australia, in Finland people celebrate the festival on the second Sunday of November. In Thailand December 5th is observed as Father’s Day every year.
Not very surprising is that the most common gifts associated with Father’s Day comprises of a necktie and is followed by flowers. The rose is the official flower for Father’s Day. By wearing a red rose signifies a living father and a white one represents a deceased father.
Originally posted on Jun 7, 2014 @ 20:58