Did fathers get short shrift on designation of their special day?

The Crazy Daysies Jennifer Day Thompson (left) and Rebecca Day (right) with their dad.

Father’s Day is Sunday, and many of us will celebrate husbands, fathers, grandfathers, and uncles for the role they’ve played in our lives. In our house, it will be a pretty simple get-together with snacks, coffee, and gifts for our special man. When it comes to celebrating fathers, tho, their day got a bit of a short shrift on becoming official.  

The late president Richard Nixon made Father’s Day an official national holiday, although Americans were already celebrating it before that time. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac:

The first bill was introduced in Congress in 1913, but in spite of encouragement by President Woodrow Wilson, it did not pass. In 1966, Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June to honor fathers.

It surprised me that it took six more years for LBJ’s proclamation to be taken seriously by Congress who wrote it into law. President Nixon signed the law.

Compare that to Mother’s Day—it became an official holiday in 1914.

On Sunday, our daughters and their families will bring their dad simple things that he loves. Music CDs, guitar strings, DVDs (concerts), or books about things he’s interested in have been among their gifts in the past. I got a kick out of reading an article about what really rich dads want. Among those wishes are helicopter rides and having a yacht (rented) for a week. Those aren’t my husband’s cup of coffee, but we aren’t “really rich” and  each to his own.

I’m glad efforts of three presidents paid off so that dads have their special day, even if it did take longer to make it official than Mother’s Day.

Meanwhile, I’m very glad for the dad my girls have—I’ve often told my husband I don’t know how I’d have raised our children without him. He is exceptional, and although it would embarrass him greatly if he knew I’d written those words publicly, it is the truth. So a big hat tip to my husband for being, in my opinion, the world’s very best. I know millions of women feel that way about their guy too. And that’s a good thing.

(Kay B. Day/June 15, 2018)



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