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