Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

Father’s Day

We have Sonora Louise Smart Dodd to thank for creating the tradition of celebrating Father’s Day. The idea came to her while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909.

She wanted to honor her father, William Jackson Smart. Her dad, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife died giving birth to their sixth child. He raised his children all by himself on a rural farm in the state of Washington.

He was a special father and Sonora chose to hold the first Father’s Day celebration on the 19th day of June 1910. The holiday continued to be 
 celebrated, but it was not made an official national holiday until 1972.

A Father’s Life

A father’s life is cluttered
With tools and nails and stuff.
He works with them each day.
He’s very rough and tough.

A father’s child is special
No matter what the gender.
He plays with them each day
He’s very sweet and tender.

This post is a small excerpt from my book, Fun Through the Seasons.

I don't know if my husband is a descendent of Sonora or not, but I'd like to think that he might be.  

I'm wishing all my readers  a wonderful day and hope you have a nice time celebrating with your family.

My father is gone now and I miss him very much.
But he will always be alive in my heart.

I don't know who tried to enhance this picture with color. 
But, I'm innocent until proven guilty.
Maybe I was meant to be an illustrator, too.



  1. Intersting! I didn't know all that. My dad died four years ago and I miss him everyday, but I'm so grateful for all the years I had with him.

    1. Hi Barbara. I try to make learning fun in my articles. I've had many comments from parents that they enjoy reading them also. And, I don't think we will ever get over missing our parents.

  2. Wonderful post. Such an interesting story. I miss my dad, too. Thanks for posting this.

    1. Hi Rosi. Thanks. We will always miss our dads.

  3. This is a wonderful post on Father's Day. I miss my dad, too.
    I enjoyed your book very much. It is wonderful and had a wealth of fantastic ideas for teachers, parents, and youth leaders. You've done an excellent job writing this book!

    1. Hi Brenda. Thank you so much, I am glad you liked my book. It does have a lot of fun info in it for kids of all ages.


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