Friday, June 13, 2008
What is the origin of Father's Day?
Sonora Louise Smart Dodd
Just like Mother's Day, Father's Day is celebrated in every part of the world. In the United
States, Canada and most countries in Asia, Father's Day is the third Sunday in June.
Although Father's Day is not observed on the same day in some countries (like Spain
and Belgium where Father's Day falls on March 19th, Sweden on the second Sunday of
November, and New Zealand on the first Sunday of September), expressing gratitude
and appreciation for dads with a special day seems to be universal. Today, Father's Day
is not only a day to honor fathers, but one to show respect for all father figures. Families
honor grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles and other adult male figures that are special to them.
Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, was 27 when she listened to a Sunday
sermon about Mother's Day in 1909 and wondered why there was no corresponding day for fathers.
(Mother's Day observances began in 1908 in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, according to Hallmark
Cards in Kansas City.) She was just 16 when her own father, Civil War veteran William Jackson
Smart, was widowed when his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise
the newborn and his five other children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state.
Sonora Dodd began her campaign after that sermon. She believed that the nation did not
show enough respect to fathers, citing such popular songs of the day as "Everybody Works
But Father," she promoted Father's Day out of love for her father.
"One group of men conventioneers laughed and said they didn't want a Father's Day," according
to an article in The Spokesman-Review. "A national fishing day would be better, they told
her." She persuaded the Spokane Ministerial Association and local YMCA to pass a resolution
in support of Father's Day, and the first local Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910,
in Spokane, Washington. Mrs. Dodd wanted Father's Day to be celebrated on the first
Sunday in June, her father's birthday. However, the Spokane council could not
get the resolution through the first reading until the third Sunday in June.
States and organizations began lobbying Congress to declare an annual Father's Day.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson approved of this idea, but it was not until 1924 when
President Calvin Coolidge made it a national event to "establish more intimate relations
between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their
obligations." In 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation
declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.
Sonora Smart Dodd was honored for her contribution at the World's Fair in
Spokane in 1974. Mrs. Dodd died in 1978 at age 96.
From ... About.com
to all the men out there.............may your day be as special as you are!!!!
happy father's day........................enjoy you day.....................
blessings and hugs..........lita
Thursday, June 12, 2008
hope you don't mind lily....................
Remember. You deserve the very best that life has to offer. Please accept all your Good. You've already got your discipline, stop resisting All your Good. Just unwrap your Gifts and accept them. You've asked for them. Know they are yours now. Enjoy.
this was sent to me today.................i beleive everything has a reason and not much happens by chance................
these are very strong words that everyone needs to hear..........................so am passing this along to everyone..................
please remenber those in need of prayers who are suffering physical,emotional,finalcial hardships at this time.....................blessings and hugs.........lita
Saturday, May 10, 2008
There's a land where I go, when I need to share,
That's not on a map, yet exists everywhere;
Lots of names without faces, a curious place,
A virtual creation that's called — cyberspace.
There are all sorts of people with cute little handles,
Like Jasmine and Sandman and Rosebud and Jangles;
Some can be snobs, though most are great fun,
And some of them just want to talk with someone.
Both good and bad, they all play a role,
And each one's unique, but part of the whole;
We chat and we laugh and often we sigh,
We flirt and we 'hug' and sometimes we cry.
We can't be heard and we can't be seen,
Still we can 'talk' right there on that screen;
But, all in all, the most curious part
Is the power this has to open our hearts.
We share with a stranger stuff we've concealed
From our closest of friends — things we never reveal!
Our deepest regrets and most troubling fears,
The scars in our life which bring us to tears.
What gives them the power to reach into me
And show me the truths that I never see?
How do they manage to open my eyes
And make me confess the pain and the lies?
This must have been planned by Spirit above,
Few places on earth can bring so much love;
When I need some direction I know I can find
Those angels from heaven just waiting online.
~Author Unknown (Adaptation)
thanks for all the love,friendship and support that i have found in the special place.............
wishing everyone a wonderful mother's day...............a day to celebrate all women....................blessings and hugs...................lita
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