Fathers Day today. How much do you value him?
A woman invented Fathers Day, Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington.
There had been a Mothers Day for years, and this doting daughter thought Fathers, who in those days (1909) were by far the main bread winner in the family, deserved their own day. Her father had brought up 6 children on his own when her mother died in childbirth. And she recognised the sacrifices many men made for their families. So she campaigned for it, scoffed at first. the 1st Fathers Day was in Spokane in 1910, the rest is History.
We will always value our mothers, but today is for Father.
I know not everyone has been fortunate enough to have a good, kind, and sympathetic, protective father. But the description I just gave; pretty much represents the overwhelming majority of dads.
I was watching a review, of the newspapers this morning on TV, including many articles on Father's day, there were articles discussing the role of fathers in today’s world, one bi-line read "What are Father's for in the modern era", an era of IVF, sperm donors, single parent families (usually lead by a mum), postulating whether a father was really necessary. Thankfully there were a lot more positive articles, seemingly written as it happens by mainly female journalists or personalities, which waxed lyrical on their dads or memories of them.
Fathers are there for pretty much the same reasons as Mothers. To look after, guide and be a role model for their children, both male and female. Indeed, many men and fathers feel a bit lost themselves about their role, the tradition of centuries turned on its head, the world has radically changed for men and women in the last 30 years or more, it certainly needed to, especially for women, so some many men feel displaced.
They need not be they are loved and cherished, by wives, daughters and sons, and maybe they just need to be confident in themselves.
So if for some reason you are estranged from your dad, think why, and if it is for trivial or silly reason, GET OVER IT, make the first move, agree to disagree. Life is too short. Tomorrow may be too late!!!.
(And that goes for your mum too).
Have a great day, and if your dad is still around, give the old boy a treat. You can always give him a hard time tomorrow.
Sadly mine is not, only travelling 51 short years to 1978, my mum and me visited him today for prayer, reflection and flower delivery mainly, he was a keen gardener.
So if your dad is not around, try to remember him fondly, remember him at his best.
Also, read Wordbird and Wordsmith’s blog on Fathers Day, both very poignant and more eloquent than mine, and also the only other two I’ve seen (so far today) on fathers.
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