Let’s start out with a quick history of Father’s Day, shall we?
It seems that we’ve been celebrating Mother’s Day since it was invented by a young girl and promoted by the Wanamaker department store back in 1908. A campaign quickly followed to create such a day to honor fathers, but it didn’t meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”
This did not sit well with a Spokane, Wash., woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by their father, a widower.
Dodd set out to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers, and government officials to drum up support for her idea. She was so successful, Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910,
I only tell you these details because Spokane is where I grew up—where I spent my childhood years. And every year without fail, we’d hear the story about Mrs. Dodd. I’m sure it’s been embellished a bit, how she walked uphill in the snow going from house to house; to every church, store, school, you-name-it, imploring people to help her honor America’s fathers. But it worked and here we are 111 years later, about to do it again.
Father’s Day is a fabulous, wonderful day to show Dads how much we love them, how special they are—and a great opportunity to poke a little fun, too!
Here for your consideration are super cool, last-minute ideas to help you come up with just the right gift for the Dad(s) in your life.
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