Happy Belated Fathers' Day 2007

It Takes a Special Man to be a Dad

By BarujBraja aka RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina
Published on LatinoLA: July 21, 2007

Happy Belated Fathers' Day 2007

Dia de Los Padres ... Happy Father's Day!
Any man can be a Father, but it takes a special person to be called Dad.

Hola Todos - I know that Father's Day was a month ago, but it has taken me that long to write the end of this article. And, so, I publish it now as I head off on a vacation to do some visiting of remote places in Hawaii. I want to take the time to explore the Big Island and that means being far from being able to use the internet. I'll shortly be putting out my last newsletter until I return to "civilization". Shaloha, BarujBraja aka RuthAnne Tarletz de Molina (BarujBraja is my artist name, often used in the shortened form of Braja; it a Hebrew name that God gave me that means "Blessed to Be a Blessing".)

God tells us in His Holy Scriptures to:

16 Honour thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 5:16 Exodus 20:12 Matthew 19:19 Mark 10:19 Luke 18:20 King James Version

2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:2-3 Colossians 3:20 King James Version

No special day was set aside as every day was to be one honoring his/her mother and father. To me, however, just as we set aside a special day for our birth, anniversaries, remembering deaths, so it is appropriate to set aside one day where one really focuses on their father as was done with their mothers (May). With all that said, here is some of the history of that day.

Father's Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as a father figure in your life, whether as stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, adult male friends or Big Brothers are all honored on Father's Day. Mother's Day came first, but Father's Day wasn't too far behind. It's amazing what people accomplish when they put their minds to good use and encourage others to join their cause. It just wouldn't be the same without many of our holidays and Father's Day is one of them.

Father's Day is credited to a Sonora Louise Smart Dodd from Creston, WA who had been raised by her father William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran, on a rural farm in eastern Washington state after their mother died during childbirth. She felt fathers should be honored as well as mothers. During a 1909 church service honoring mothers, Sonora, the oldest of the six children. thought of her father and how he struggled to raise his six children in Spokane, WA. Inspired by Anna Jarvis's efforts to establish Mother's Day, her memories lead her to become a leading voice in the movement for an official Father's Day. In 1909 she decided, along with her pastor, to initiate a day for fathers. Although she initially suggested June 5, the anniversary of her father's death, she did not provide the organizers with enough time to make arrangements, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of June. The first June Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane, WA. In following years the event caught on, spreading across Sonora's home state of Washington.

However, in the United States, the first modern Father's Day celebration was held on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia. It was first celebrated as a church service at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton, who is believed to have suggested the service to the pastor, is believed to have been inspired to celebrate fathers after the deadly mine explosion in nearby Monongah the prior December. This explosion killed 361 men, many of them fathers and recent immigrants to the United States from Italy. Another possible inspiration for the service was Mother's Day, which had recently been celebrated for the first time in Grafton, West Virginia, a town about 15 miles (24 km) away.

Another early Father's Day was celebrated by the president of the Chicago branch of the Lions' Club, Harry Meek, is said to have celebrated the Father's Day with his organization in 1915; and the day that they chose was the third Sunday in June, the closest date to Meek's own birthday!

Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryan was immediate and widespread. Individuals, organizations, and states lobbied Congress to declare Father's Day a national event. President Woodrow Wilson approved a special Father's Day in 1916, but it didn't become an official annual event until 1924, when President Calvin Coolidge signed a resolution to "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations." Since that time, the third Sunday in June has been set aside to honor fathers throughout the United States. In 1926 in New York City the National Father's Day Committee was formed. In 1956 Father's Day was recognized by Joint Resolution of Congress though it wasn't until 10 years later in 1966 that President Lyndon Johnson and Congress enacted a national day of recognition making Father's Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June. Richard Nixon, in 1972, established it as a permanent holiday on the third Sunday of every June. So Sonora who married John Bruce Dodd live to see her dream come to complete fruition as she died March 22, 1978,

Many other countries celebrate Father's Day on the same date, though others have it at another time covering all months but January, April and October. The countries that celebrate the same day are Argentina, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, France, Greece, Guyana, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Zimbabwe

In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting male-oriented gifts such as electronics, tools and greeting cards. Schools and other children's programs commonly have activities to make Father's Day gifts. When children can't visit their fathers or take them out to dinner, they send a greeting card. Traditionally, fathers prefer greeting cards that are not too sentimental. Most greeting cards are whimsical so fathers laugh when they open them. Some give heartfelt thanks for being there whenever the child needed Dad.

My father was born on March 23, 1906 & died exactly 83 years later after having lived a full & semi-wonderful life. Only semi, because he had to deal with me as a daughter. Having a rebellious, tomboy, only-child daughter was not easy. He was wonderful to me & my friends. Whenever, before we could drive, we needed to be taken somewhere, he was there. When I needed a friend to ride with me at the amusement parks, he was there. When I needed a hug, he was there. And, so much more could be said & would fill a book. He lived until he died in 1989. And he passed on to me many fine qualities, especially caring about and for others, including him in the year before he died.

The year before he fell & the injury caused a gangrene reaction as he had type 2 diabetes. I had to rush home to Cleveland in the middle of all that was going on in my life including being in the process of finishing a master's degree in Exercise & Wellness as I continued my pursuit to leave my career as an attorney that I had begun over two years before, a career that had burned me out with having to deal with vindictive clients that vowed to "get me" if I lost the case I was handling for them and were doing exactly that. So, in spite of all that was going on I went to my father who had the possibility of losing his leg. I "kidnapped" my parents and brought them out to Phoenix so that I could have some sanity in my life, because I knew as an only child, very close to my parents, especially my father, that I would have no peace if I wasn't with them and I couldn't leave my husband, my son & all that was going on though in the end I didn't finish the master's degree after doing all the course work and the research for my thesis and my ex-clients were successful in "getting me" as devoted time to my parents, obviously, especially my father, was much more important to me than anything that was happening to me otherwise.

I visited my father twice on the day before he died, the first time was my regular visit to him at the hospital. The second one was the same day. I was speeding along on my Honda when I had a premonition to return. I wheeled it around and headed back to the hospital and had another very special visit with my father where he tolded me that they were waiting for him and would I let him go. You see I loved him so much & I was relatively young to be losing him at 42 that I didn't want him to go. I told him that it was OK, that I would be OK and then left again. In the morning my mother, my husband, my son Ano & I were preparing to leave for the hospital with a cake and presents for my father's birthday when the call came that he had died early that morning.

What Makes A Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad
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