I have always considered my dad my hero.
No, he doesn’t have a cape or saves the world from impending doom.
He does things that are much, as my 7-year-old would probably say, cooler than someone having to hide their true identity from the rest of the world.
He was, still is, and will always be present in my life.
He had always attended all of my school events and functions. He may not always know all the answers, but he did his best to help me figure things out. From teaching me how to ride a bike, to teaching me how to drive a car, he was there. When I lived on my own, he would never miss a day to message or call me and ask me how I’m doing.
I never needed someone to save the world to be seen as my hero because the hero I was blessed to have is more than I could ever ask for.
On Father’s Day, June 19, and many days throughout each year, our dads should feel like the heroes they are and deserve to be.
And we should do our best to have many moments with them.
A Bit of Father's Day History
The most credited individual to have initiated Father’s Day is Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington. Dodd and her five siblings were raised by their father after their mother passed away from childbirth. In 1909, while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day, which was on its way to becoming an official holiday at the time, Dodd came to the idea of not only recognizing mothers but fathers as well.
The first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, which is supposedly the month of Dodd’s father’s birthday. President Calvin Coolidge and President Lyndon B. Johnson both provided their support for the holiday, with the latter issuing a proclamation that recognized the day. It wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon officially established the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day.
In modern-day, Father’s Day is celebrated every third Sunday of June in most countries, including the United States. In other countries, such as Europe and Latin America, “fathers are honored on St. Joseph’s Day, a traditional Catholic holiday that falls on March 19.” Both holidays honor all fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and anyone assuming the parenting role.
“Some observe the custom of wearing a red rose to indicate that one’s father is living or a white rose to indicate that he is deceased.”
Memorable Activities to do with/for our dads
A Father's Day Itinerary
My ideal day with dad, and the family, on Father’s Day would go a little something like this:
THE WEEK (OR DAY/NIGHT) BEFORE
A Long-Distance Father's Day Itinerary
To all the fathers in the world,
Thank you. You are a best friend, protector, and the hero many of us are grateful to have in our lives.
Happy Father’s Day
How will you be celebrating this upcoming Father’s Day?