About 4,000 years ago a young boy named Elmusu wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life by carving a Father’s Day message on a card made out of clay. No one knows what happened to Elmesu or his father after that, but Father’s day has continued to be honored across the world since Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea in 1910.
Today, June 19, 2010 honors the 100th year since Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the proposal for Father’s Day while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.
Sonora’s mother died after giving birth to her sixth sibling, which instantly made her father, William Smart, a mother and a father to his children. After she was an adult, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her. Because her father was such a loving, honest and righteous man, Sonora wanted to honor him as they honored mothers on Mother’s Day. Sonora’s father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910.
In 1926, a National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father’s Day was finally recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. It took until 1972 however for President Richard Nixon to establish a permanent national observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.
Ideas for Father’s Day 100 years:
With this being a special Father’s Day, what are you going to do for dad this week-end?
There are many things children, spouses and partners can do for their father on this special day. Advertisements are full of ideas anywhere from picnicking to taking dad out to dinner.
Here are just a few ideas you can do for Father’s day tomorrow:
- Write a personal poem for dad on special stationary, or better yet, make your own card!
- Take dad out to his favorite restaurant or cook at home and get a great movie to watch later.
- Buy him a gift or make a special father’s day gift basket with candy, shirt, socks, or a theme
- Take him golfing, bowling, out to play racquetball, disc golf, or any other sport he may enjoy
- Make dad a shirt if you’re a sewer, a blanket for winter if you crochet or knit, or any other crafted item that suits your fancy
And finally, be extra nice to dad, showing him how much you love him and care for all he has done for you in your life. Remember, Father’s Day 100 doesn’t come around again!
“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” — Anne Sexton
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” — English Proverb
“To be a successful father . . . there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.” — Ernest Hemingway