June 15, 2010

{Father's Day}

Father’s Day, June 16 2010

Every year, as father’s day approaches and marks the middle of summer, stores are filled with last minute gifts to celebrate fathers. But what are we really celebrating? Why do we need to give gifts to fathers? Or better, what does a father want most for a fathers day gift?

History of father’s day

Even though both father’s day and mother’s day celebrations started nearly at the same time in the beginning of the twentieth century, historically mother’s day has been celebrated by different cultures around the world for hundreds of years. But there is not any significant mention of father’s day celebration before the beginning of the twentieth century.

There are different stories about how father’s day started. Based on wilstar.com, (author Jerry Wilson) Sonora Dodd of Washington was the first person who had the idea of honoring her father, William Smart, a single dad. Sonora’s reason for celebration was driven by the selflessness her father had shown in raising his six children as a single parent, and she saw her father as a courageous, selfless, and loving man. Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in June.

Father’s Day in our family

Personally I am tickled to learn it was a daughter who stepped up and was the first to recognize her dad. It tells me that the spirit I see in Raka to make her dad a better father has been felt by daughters over the years to celebrate their dads.

I do not know about you, but I enjoy father’s day celebrations as I see the excitement in Raka’s eyes. The thoughtfulness with which she makes a card for me or bakes my favorite food, the clearly open way she tries to hide her excitement and preparation for the day, and finally when she displays her amazing set of gifts and cards to me, with pride, all makes the day worth it. Yes the gifts are precious, but what is priceless is her confidence as a daughter as she celebrates her dad. Little does she know that her dad could not be the dad without her love and affection. In fact, deep inside I simply want to reach out and give her a big hug and say, “baby, it is all about you”.

A father’s day is another day for a dad to appreciate his daughter, be proud of her, and see her slowly blossom into the young lady of tomorrow. And to all father’s of sons, please do not get me wrong. Yes, I know sons are special too, and each of you appreciate moments with your sons. But I have to say, that daughters are a tiny bit more special than sons.

Happy Fathers Day to all fathers. And more than that, all of us dads send our love to our children as this day is more to celebrate you.
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