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MANY FA­THERS HOLD A DEAR SPOT IN OUR HEARTS AND ONE DAY A YEAR WE CEL­E­BRATE THEM BUT MAYBE WE SHOULD RECOG­NISE THEM MORE

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DAVE

DO you know the name Sonora Smart Dodd? She’s the lady that in­vented Fa­ther’s Day. Sonora was the daugh­ter of Amer­i­can Civil War veteran Wil­liam Jack­son Smart. Sonora was 16 when her mum passed away while giv­ing birth to her sixth child which left her dad to raise six kids. When her mum died, she went to church and the ser­mon was recog­nis­ing the newly cre­ated Mother’s Day at the Cen­tral Methodist Epis­co­pal Church. She had seen first hand how her dad was keep­ing her own fam­ily afloat, and felt pas­sion­ate about recog­nis­ing the ef­forts that dad’s made to­wards the fam­ily unit as well.

I feel like most of these cel­e­bra­tion days, that were orig­i­nally cre­ated to highlight a group of peo­ple do­ing awe­some things, have lost the orig­i­nal in­ten­tions be­cause the re­tail sec­tor has stolen it for profit. We’re los­ing grip on what is most im­por­tant about these days and its only fo­cus is “what are you buy­ing your dad for Fa­ther’s Day?”.

Yes, it’s nice to re­ceive a Bun­nings gift voucher, but as a dad my­self, I think the ba­sic recog­ni­tion that be­ing a dad is hard work. There’s a lot of pres­sure on dads to pro­tect and pro­vide for their fam­i­lies. Some dads are awe­some at it and some dads suck at it — ei­ther way, it’s not an easy task to take on. As I’ve got­ten older and am now the proud owner of three chil­dren, I’ve also taken stock at how much work my own dad put into pro­vid­ing and pro­tect­ing me.

You don’t think about it as a kid, but as life throws its own curve­balls at you — it forces you into a more grate­ful per­spec­tive.

Happy Fa­ther’s Day.

SAM

FA­THER’S Day is the poor cousin of the Hall­mark days, let’s be hon­est. It’s no Mother’s Day, it’s not even Hal­loween, it’s barely Labour Day. In fact, Fa­ther’s Day is to Mother’s Day as Easter is to Christ­mas. Ev­ery­one loves Christ­mas, ev­ery­one makes a huge ef­fort for Christ­mas, whereas Easter seems to get re­mem­bered the night be­fore and re­quires a mad dash to the IGA for what­ever choco­late eggs are left on the shelf.

Be­ing a dad is my great­est life achieve­ment. Not nec­es­sar­ily the mak­ing of, that was easy, well, not that easy … you get it.

But the re­la­tion­ship build­ing, story shar­ing, per­sonal growth and de­vel­op­ment, cel­e­brat­ing hu­man­ity part.

My daugh­ter Poppy is the most amaz­ing hu­man you could meet and I am ex­tremely proud of her.

We had a heart to heart at the time of the Manch­ester bomb­ing and I re­mem­ber try­ing to ex­plain to her that there will al­ways be peo­ple in the world who do very bad things that we re­ally can’t ex­plain, prob­a­bly one of my tough­est par­ent­ing mo­ments. Poppy’s re­sponse how­ever floored me.

“Well dad, we must make sure we keep putting good into the world to keep the bal­ance right”. She was 11.

Then there is my dad, salty old sea dog that he is, now 84, tough as nails and no signs of slow­ing down. He was a hard man grow­ing up, not a lot of emo­tion but these days plays the har­mon­ica down the phone for ev­ery­one’s birthday — funny old softie. So whether you are one or just have one, here’s to the dads, Happy Fa­ther's Day.

ASH

HAPPY Fa­ther’s Day to the best dad ever. My dad, Craig is an ab­so­lute leg­end. He is funny, kind, thought­ful and has a heart of gold.

If you’re after ad­vice, Craig is your man. Dad loves spend­ing time with his fam­ily and his mates at the Yan­d­ina Pi­o­neers Cricket Club. (A nice lit­tle shout out, see what I did there?) Craigey will tell you he’s a bit of a leg­end on the pitch.

Gives the wicket keep­ing a go from time to time, so much so, when we were in Fiji, he didn’t want to lose any of his skills while we were away so we were play­ing cricket in the shal­low wa­ters of the ocean.

The same pas­sion ap­plied in the wa­ter as it does on the cricket field.

Maybe that’s where I got my ex­treme com­pet­i­tive­ness from?

To­mor­row we will be cel­e­brat­ing my dad and the awe­some man that he is and also my fi­ancé’s dad, Paul, who is up from Mel­bourne. He’s such a gem.

Soon to be my fa­ther-in-law in just un­der a month’s time.

I al­ways feel that Fa­ther’s Day is the poor per­son’s Mother’s Day.

They should be equal, I un­der­stand that mums and dads mean dif­fer­ent things to us, as each fam­ily is dif­fer­ent but as a whole, they should be mar­keted equally.

How­ever you cel­e­brate Fa­ther’s Day, brekky in bed, a Bun­nings trip or a day at the beach, have an amaz­ing day with fam­ily and friends. Don’t for­get to give ex­tra cud­dles to your dad on their spe­cial day.

Happy Fa­ther’s Day.

TUNE IN FOR DAVE, SAM AND ASH ON HOT 91.1ON WEEK­DAYS FOR BREAK­FAST FROM 5.30AM.

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