On July 19, 1910, the governor of the U.S. state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day.” However, it was not until 1972 (under President Nixon), 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that the day became a nationwide holiday in the United States.
Happy Father’s Day! In the U.S., today is the day we honour the men who don’t receive nearly enough praise during the rest of the year. A male can become a father by doing his part to create a baby, but only a grown man will do his part with dedication and love to raise that child into a productive human being.
I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again: I know that the circumstances under which some men are parents make it extremely difficult for them to be the type of parent that they would like to be. However, the true test of being a good dad, deserving of recognition on this day, is making sure that no matter what the circumstances, kids feel that they are wanted, special and loved.
In the spirit of gratitude for the man who raised me, on this Sunday morning I’m thankful to my Dad for always loving me.
Thank you to the men who stayed even when they would have rather been elsewhere.
Thanks to the women who have acted in the role of both mother and father.
Thanks to the single dads who pull double duty.
Special thanks to the men who stepped in and stepped up to take the place of those who wouldn’t or couldn’t handle the many responsibilities that come with fatherhood.
Thanks to all of the wonderful dads for simply being who you are and doing what you do!