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Thurdsday Thinking by YoTrip for June 16, 2011-Father’s Deserve A Special Day (Vol.6, Iss.3)

Cover of "Father's Day"

Cover of Father's Day

Dad’s Deserve A Special Day

The third Sunday in June has been designated as Father’s Day in the United States. Credit for originating the holiday is generally given to Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. She is said to have had the idea in 1909 while listening to a sermon on Mother’s Day, which at the time was becoming established as a holiday. Local religious leaders supported the idea, and the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, the month of the birthday of Dodd’s father. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge gave his support to the observance, and in 1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson officially proclaimed it a national holiday. Observance on the third Sunday of June was decreed by law in 1972.

Although it was originally largely a religious holiday, Father’s Day has been commercialized with the sending of greeting cards and the giving of gifts.http://www.history.com/topics/fathers-day

Father’s deserve a special day for being who they are: the giver of life, the leader of the family, the protector, the provider, the professor in the lives of those are their children. Father’s day lives in the shadow of Mother’s Day, as it recognizes Dad’s for who they are and what they do for their families.

I am thankful and honored to know and have known some great father’s. My grandfather the late Joe L. Anderson, was the father of my Mother and her six siblings. He was big in statute and every bigger in heart and spirit. My granddaddy, was a driving force and a history maker, as the first black deputy sheriff in Richmond County/Augusta, Georgia. The presence of granddaddy in his deputy uniform is fresh in my mind like I was staring up at him, through my six year old eyes. I learned so many things from him and I am glad I had him in my life.

My father, the late William Henry Clay, Sr. was a father of father’s. Dad’s infectious personality drew people to him, he could always make a friend. People enjoyed how he lived life open, giving, hard-working, and always pushing for being better by doing better. A business man, he was “the Black Colonel” as he managed the neighborhood Kentucky Fried Chicken. A servant, as he worked with the Volunteer Grandparents program. A surrogate, he became a “Dad” to so many who were “fatherless” in the community. I am proud to have been apart of his life, living and his legacy for twenty-one years.

Father’s deserve to have this Sunday as their special day. Everyone should do their part to honor your own father or some father who has been a father to you during your life. Father’s I wish you all the best on Sunday as we pause to celebrate the strength and greatness of fatherhood.






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