This Father’s Day, Honour your father, thank him for his support, guidance and sacrifice over the years. Do this by giving a gift or treating him for a Sunday lunch at his favourite restaurant. Father’s day will be celebrated on the 21st of June 2009.
Here are a few ideas for gifts:
- A Swiss Army Knife or other outdoor equipment.
- Fishing Gear.
- Set of Golf Clubs.
- “Bird” Watching Binoculars.
- Sports Event Tickets.
- Gift voucher
Don’t forget to search for the latest bargains in Junk Mail – you will be sure to find some good ideas for Father’s Day within our classifieds!
Several people are credited for furthering the cause of Father’s Day, but the greatest credit is awarded to Ms Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, a daughter from Spokane, Washington in the United States. She is recognized as the founder of the Father’s Day Festival. The inception of this took place in her mind. She heard a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909 and began to recognize the hardships her father must have gone through while bringing up his 6 children alone. Her mother had died during childbirth when she was young. Her father,William Jackson Smart, a US Civil War veteran, raised 6 children including a newborn baby on his own. Ms Dodd asked “If there is a day to recognize mothers then why is not there a day to honour fathers?” She was laughed at by the general public.
This did not stop her from lobbying for Father’s Day. Her father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on 19 June 1910. A National Father’s Day Committee was formed in New York City in 1926. In 1956, Father’s Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of the US Congress. The celebration of Father’s day was inaugurated to compliment Mother’s Day, in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting and to honor and commemorate one’s fathers and forefathers.
Some Father’s Day quotes:
“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. “ Bill Cosby
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. “ Mark Twain
“It is a wise father that knows his own child” William Shakespeare
“It is a wise child that knows his own father” Homer
“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
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