Glad For Dads

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While doing some research for the column, I learned that Mother’s Day inspired Father’s Day. Of course it did. At first, the idea was not well accepted because merchants, of course, wanted to make this holiday a money maker and one florist said, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”

Over the years, different states and groups have celebrated fathers in different ways but it was not until a woman from Spokane, Washington, Sonora Smart Dodd, a woman with five siblings who was raised by her widowed father began a campaign to get fathers recognized. Dodd drummed up support and in 1910, Washington State celebrated Father’s Day.

For years, many fathers scoffed at the idea of a holiday that they were receiving gifts they probably paid for themselves! I thought that this was the most humorous as my husband recently told me “Tell the girls to just give you money because I bought a lot of stuff for the boat and do not need anything.”

It was not until 1972 that Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday.

Father’s Day is an important day and needs to be celebrated. Dads work hard and deserve the kudos. Dads today do it all! They carpool, drop and pick up the kids at school, make dinner and even do the occasional ponytail or braid. I am not talking bad about the dads of the past but over the years with many woman entering the workforce as working moms, dads had to step up their game. I often tell my friends what a great job they are doing as dads. I remember my mother-in-law being a bit horrified in the late 1990s about some of the chores her son did in our house. I said “Eilene, I work full time, someone has to help.” She just made a face. (Good thing she is still in Florida and will not see this!)

Another reason dads need to be celebrated is their coaching. Back when we were kids there was maybe two sports each kid played and one league. Now think of someone with three children and they could have ten games in one weekend! I know this for a fact. I would need a husband and as assistant to keep track of it all.

Dads still have some ways to go. How come dads no matter how active they have become, still do not know their child’s teachers’ or friends’ names? My older daughter just recently sent a meme to our family group chat that was a picture of a man sitting, smiling and the caption reads, “Your dad talking to your friend of 10+ years trying to remember their name.” My husband’s response, “I’m normal.”

So to all the dads out there, keep up the good work. And of course to all the people who lost a dad this year try to remember the good things your dad did and try to remember and laugh about the funny stuff your dad did.

 By Beth Hanning

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