Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas.
Dodd’s father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there.
After hearing a sermon about Jarvis’ Mother’s Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them.
Although she initially suggested June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors did not have enough time to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June.
Tribute to Fathers
The word Father can be interpreted in many ways depending on the family dynamics and circumstance.
A Father figure could be a father living with the family, possibly a grandfather, an uncle, an influential mentor, the list goes on.
What makes a ‘Father’?
I would like to suggest that it is a man who is
- noble in character
- lives high moral values
- is an example that is praiseworthy to follow
- leads out in honorable living.
If you are blessed to have such a Father, please let him know how much he is loved and appreciated.
However, if this is not the case in your personal situation, realize that YOU can change the course for those in your own family.
A good man is held in the highest esteem when showing courage even in the face of adversity. Determination to be a respectable man and father, even if outside influences dictate otherwise, cannot be valued high enough.
Men who choose to be moral and upright in their life are truly a gift to all. If you haven’t had this example, please search out those who you can emulate.
Marry such a man to be your companion and partner in marriage. Life will be all the sweeter.
Thank You to all the fathers – those in any position to influence for good!
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Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014
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