Sunday, June 18, 2006

Happy Father's Day!

Things Dad will never say

While many people believe that Father's Day is a holiday invented by the fine folks at Hallmark, it's not so. The celebration of Dad's special day can most likely be credited to Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington State, who first suggested the idea of the holiday in 1909.

Mrs. Dodd's father, civil war veteran William Smart, was widowed when his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. Despite the obvious hardships, Mr. Smart proceeded to raise the newborn along with his five other children, by himself.

It wasn't until Sonora Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. The original date chosen for the holiday was June 5, Mr. Smart's birthday, however the celebration was postponed until June 19, the third Sunday in June, because there was not enough time to prepare.

At about the same time in various towns and cities across America other people were beginning to celebrate a Father's Day. Some accounts credit Mrs. Charles Clayton of West Virginia, as the founder of Father's Day, although most histories give credit to Mrs. Dodd.

A Father's dating rules

Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.

3 opinionated prattle:

K said...

Happy Fathers Day John!

Stan said...

Happy Fathers Day to you and thank you for the history pertaining to the day. I did not know. One thing that I learned some yeartsd agao that behind every good father is a good mother so I think we need a holiday to celebrate that!
Now that is a neat word verification ohokho (oh ok-ho) sounds like the theme song to Snow White and the Seven Little Men

Shana said...

father has way too much free time on his hands. hope you had a good fathers day!!

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