Here comes Dad’s Day! Somehow the hype isn’t as great as is the advertising for Mother’s Day but that doesn’t mean it’s any less important. The idea for Father’s Day came in 1909 from Sonora Dodd who after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon, wished to honor her father who was a war veteran. In 1910, the City of Spokane, Washington declared the third Sunday in June as their official Father’s Day observance. It wasn’t until 1966 however that President Johnson issued a presidential proclamation and finally in 1972 President Nixon signed the day into law.
Common gifts for this day include the dreaded tie, hardware or home improvement items, fishing gear, and golf clubs.
I’d like to share with you ten of my favorite Father’s Day quotes.
“The greatest gift I ever had came from God, and I call him Dad!”
Stanley T. Banks
“You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks
up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. And then the day
comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her
first real party, and from that day on, you’re in a constant
state of panic.”
John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery
“There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a
man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the
years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands
and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.”
Lydia M. Child
“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”
Knights of Pythagoras
“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.”
“By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I
am prouder – infinitely prouder – to be a father. A soldier
destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never
destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other
embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are
mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope
that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle
field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer,
‘Our Father who art in Heaven.'”
Jimmy Piersal, on How to Diaper a Baby
“Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat.
Then, fold second base down to home and set the baby on the
pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home
plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you
gotta call the game and start all over again.”
“It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him
for your own career and your own home – it’s only then that you
can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he
usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! And to my own daddy, I love you and miss you. R.I.P.