Today is the one-hundredth anniversary of Father’s Day. The first celebration occurred on June 19, 1910. The holiday was created by Sonora Smart Dodd, who faced an uphill battle getting it officially recognized. Mother’s Day was already popularized, but the idea of a Father’s Day was little more than a joke to the average person. She thought men like her father, a single parent of six children after her mother’s death, deserved recognition. Sceptics saw the day as little more than another artificially created, commercialized holiday. Even merchants, who took the opportunity to flog their wares, used satirical advertisements to show they were in on the joke. Presidents starting with Woodrow Wilson supported the day, but it was not legally designated as a permanent holiday until 1972 by President Richard Nixon. (Source: Wikipedia)
Culturally we seem to have come a far way from the original attitudes surrounding the holiday. Most families celebrate Father’s Day with sincere enthusiasm, and whether those fathers are parents to actual human beings or the beloved family pet(s), Daddies all over the world are luxuriating in attention and gifts today. We, unlike earlier generations, are more likely to know our parents as people and have closer emotional bonds with them.
The greatest gift we can give each other is ourselves–our personality, love, attention, skills, and knowledge, so let us recognize today the men who have been brave enough to be that honest and devoted. A Happy Father’s Day to them!
The above image was found and altered from the one on Beth Leintz‘s blog Gathering Dust.