Why Do We Have Father’s Day?

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“Dads are the most ordinary of men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” — Pam Brown

The most famous and perhaps inspirational reason the Father’s day celebration began was in Washington state on June 19, 1910.

Sonora Smart Dodd came up with the idea of honoring her father while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at church in 1909. Sonora’s father, was quite a man. William Smart, was a veteran of the Civil War and was left a widower when his wife died while giving birth to their sixth child. William went on to raise the six children by himself on a small farm in Washington.

Father’s day is a celebration of those that take the responsibility to be the man a child needs. This celebration need not be bound by genetics, however, it must be bound with responsibility.

A father will be the example his children will follow. He will be seen as an inspiration to his children. And someday his children will understand the difficulties and sacrifice that he went through to be the man that they needed.

Dad,

I watched you when I was a child. As a child I craved your attention. I remember how you would play hide and seek with us. I watched you as you prepared for work, and walked out the door. I looked up to you and thought to myself, that someday I wanted to be just like you. I watched as you returned home late, to tired to play.

As I grew I began to take on my own life, but you were still there to guide me. You gave me advise I did not heed. You were also there to tell me you told me so. You criticized me when I deserved and supported me when I failed. You advised me as best as you could in what I would face in my life.

You always told me that you loved me, even when I was embarrassed to say it back.

I did my best to support you when your Father and mother died.

I was also there to support you, for one last time, when they lowered you into the ground.

Now I teach my children about your life. Now I do my best to teach my children how to be just like you. Because of you, I am a better man that I ever thought I could be. Because of you I hope my children will feel as I do about the Dad that they have in their life. I hope to be the example, that you will always be.

Even after I am gone.

The Genuine Dad

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