A Father’s Day Reflection

“My Father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person. He believed in me”

The author of that quote is unknown, but I can totally relate to it. My Father instilled in me, his only daughter, the belief that I could accomplish anything. He was a car salesman and worked many 12 hour days, six days a week. However, Sundays were special because we first went to church, then to my grandmother’s house for a special dinner. I remember helping to prepare and serve the meal, and the special praise I always received from my Dad, making me feel very special. I felt blessed that he was alive to witness me eventually become a mother to two very special boys. As so often happens, he passed away too soon, but his memory and influence lives on. I always honor him on Father’s Day.

Historically, Father’s Day first became a holiday on June 19, 1910 during the presidency of Woodrow Wilson following the creation of Mother’s Day in 1908. Father’s Day isn’t as sentimental as Mother’s day, which is typically celebrated with flowers and jewelry with a nice brunch or dinner. On Father’s Day, Children tend to give more practical gifts that their Mother buys for them to wrap. Tools are frequently a favorite, and most Dads are happy when it isn’t a tie!

This year it should be especially important to celebrate Dad’s special day due to the home isolation most of us have endured for almost 15 months because of COVID-19. During this time, many Fathers were also working from home if they were fortunate to retain their jobs. Unfortunately, many Fathers lost their source of employment, causing stress and pressure to find other ways to support their families. Fathers often had to share the home computer with the on-line school sessions their children had to do. They experienced first-hand the frustrations and the many melt-downs their young students had with technical issues and the difficulty of learning online. On the positive side, it provided the opportunity for Fathers to spend quality time and become closer with their kids. If he was also paying close attention, he witnessed how hard the Mother works taking care of the house and kids and how the family unit became stronger.

So this Father’s Day, please acknowledge how much you love them, appreciate them and look forward to the future with them. Reed Markham stated, “The quality of a Father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets for not only for himself, but for his family.” In 2021, it is more true than ever!

Happy Father’s Day to every father, fathers to be, grandfathers, and all father figures.

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