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June 17, 2011 > A day for dad

A day for dad

The parental celebratory balance is restored as dads receive their due Sunday, June 19. While mothers drew the first bid for a public day of recognition, support for a Father's Day was not long behind.

Grace Golden Clayton organized the first observance of such a day in West Virginia on July 5, 1908 to honor and commemorate the lives of over 200 fathers who were lost in a mining disaster the previous December in Monongah. Two years later across the country in Spokane, Washington, Sonora Dodd began her own Father's Day. Arranged in memory of her Civil War veteran dad who also served as a single parent to six kids, Dodd's celebration was held in June 1910, the month of her dad's birthday.

Though a bill to establish Father's Day was introduced to Congress as early as 1913, efforts were delayed until 1972 when President Richard Nixon finally made it official. The third Sunday in June was deemed, from then on, as the day to honor the role and contributions of fathers.

Though they are often boxed into the narrow confines of stereotypical enthusiasms such as cars, electronics, and sports, fathers are a diverse bunch with unique traits and interests that color our hearts and memories. Father's Day is a time to celebrate their impact on our lives, the love, care, and support that have given us firm foundations and futures.

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." - George Herbert

"Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad." - Author Unknown

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope." Bill Cosby

"A father carries pictures where his money used to be."- Author Unknown

"It is a wise father that knows his own child." - William Shakespeare

"Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough." - Wilhelm Busch

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." - Clarence Budington Kelland

"A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma." - Marlene Dietrich

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." - Henry Ward Beecher

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." - Author Unknown

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