Father’s Day is upon us and, on this day, right now, we pause to consider and celebrate fathers. Fathers across the nation prepare to open presents of socks, ties, and maybe a new power tool. Grills will be fired up, and dads may request their favorite meals and (possibly) get control of the remote control.
This year things are a bit different, aren’t they? Father’s Day as well as all the other holidays thus far – March, April, May, and June – have been overcast by the grim current events plaguing our nation.
But did you know that the history of Father’s Day in America is grim? There were early efforts in the beginning of the 20th Century to recognize fathers. Specifically, 250 fathers who had been killed in a mining accident in West Virginia. A small church felt the need to memorialize these men. From 1908 through 1910,
several other localities in the US celebrated fathers in their own ways. In 1910, there was consensus among small groups who wanted a special day to honor fathers to establish the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. It wasn’t until 1966 that Father’s Day was officially recognized as a holiday, when President Johnson issued a proclamation, officially declaring the third Sunday
in June as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Nixon signed a law designating the same.
Just reviewing the year to this point, a mere six months in and some see it as grim as the very first Father’s Day. There have been many losses. Losses of life, losses of liberties, losses of businesses and jobs, a loss of our way of enjoying and doing life aka “life as normal”… to name a few.
Yet, we can recover this day by considering some of the blessings, the silver linings, the glimmers of hope, the beauty in the chaos, the light in the darkness, the increased time with family, the time to work on home improvement projects, the many creative and inspiring acts of service and acts of humanity that are seen throughout the community… Yes, despite everything, there is so much to celebrate, and we can and do celebrate you, the fathers among us.
We honor the men who have stepped up into the role of DAD, whether biologically or otherwise to be a role model, a leader, a friend, a companion, an everyday hero. We value you and value how you help make this world a better place by the sacrifices you make, the kindness and strength you exemplify, the hard work, the blood, sweat, and tears. You’re part of the light in the darkness. Thank you and keep up the great and important work!! Happy Father’s Day, from the Happy New Beginnings Team.