Father’s Day 2011

Today, all across the world, Fathers will be honored by their children, natural, adopted, foster, and those that they took in as one of their own. Did you ever wonder how this Global Remembrance got started?

There are two stories which are attributed as being the origin of Father’s Day.

According to the first tale, it all began in 1910, when Sonora Smart-Dodd of Spokane, Washington, tried to figure out a way in which to honor her dad, a remarkable man, who had single handedly raised six children. Sonora, naturally, loved her dad with all her heart, and wanted everyone to recognize him for what he had done for her entire family. She made the decision to declare day of tribute, a Father’s Day, if you will, on her father’s birthday – June 19.

The next year, Sonora contacted the local churches in an attempt to get them to throw their support behind the celebration, but they simply laughed her off. After that setback, it took a while before Sonora’s proposal once again started gaining attention.

A bill in support of a national remembrance of Father’s Day was introduced in 1913. The bill was approved by US President Woodrow Wilson three years later. The bill received further support from President Calvin Coolidge in 1924.

This brought about the formation of a National Father’s Day Committee in New York within the next two years. However, our Federal Government, not exactly being strong in the pursuit alacrity, took another 30 years before a Joint Resolution of Congress officially recognized Father’s Day. Then, implementation of the bill was postponed another 16 years until President Richard Nixon declared third Sunday of June as Father’s Day in 1972.

The second story of the origin of Father’s Day involves Dr. Robert Webb of West Virginia. According to this version, the first Father’s Day service was conducted by Webb at the Central Church of Fairmont in 1908.

Around my house, we always thought that Hallmark and Walmart invented it.

Just for fun (and in an attempt to actually gain a readership) Newsweek/The  Daily Beast published an article listing the 5 best cities for Dads.  What was their criteria?

To compile the rankings, we started with the 100 biggest cities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. We then looked five factors, equally weighted, to tell us about the quality of life for resident fathers, using the most recent available data:

Dads-per-capita: The percentage of fathers in each city with one or more children under 18 years old, according to the Census.

Educational quality: The overall caliber of public schools in each city based on a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the best. Scores are from Great Schools, which ranks schools based on standardized test performance.

Quality time with kids: Sure there are lots of things Dad can do with the kids, but we decided to look at a ubiquitous American classic, played in big cities and small towns across the country: little league (specifically, the number of little leagues-per-dad), with data from Citysearch.

Cardiologists: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men age 25-54, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For Dad’s health, we decided to look at the number of cardiologists-per-dad, with data from HealthGrades. HealthGrades doctors must be affiliated with a high-quality hospital, free of state sanctions, disciplinary actions, malpractice judgments, and monetary settlements in the last five years, and be board certified in his/her practice specialty.

Father’s Day fun: Again, we used Citysearch to find the number of public golf courses and sports bars-per-dad in each city.

No. 5 Tampa, Florida

Dads-per-capita rank (among 100 largest cities): 57

Little leagues-per-Dad rank: 2

Cardiologists-per-Dad rank: 33

Father’s Day fun day rank: 18

School quality (1-10 scale): 6

No. 4 Orlando, Florida

Dads-per-capita rank (among 100 largest cities): 73

Little leagues-per-Dad rank: 5

Cardiologists-per-Dad rank: 22

Father’s Day fun day rank: 1

School quality (1-10 scale): 6

No. 3 Gilbert, Arizona

Dads-per-capita rank (among 100 largest cities): 8

Little leagues-per-Dad rank: 64

Cardiologists-per-Dad rank: 31

Father’s Day fun day rank: 20

School quality (1-10 scale): 9

No. 2 Scottsdale, Arizona

Dads-per-capita rank (among 100 largest cities): 4

Little leagues-per-Dad rank: 83

Cardiologists-per-Dad rank: 24

Father’s Day fun day rank: 4

School quality (1-10 scale): 9

No. 1 Irvine, Calif.

Dads-per-capita rank (among 100 largest cities): 7

Little leagues-per-Dad rank: 49

Cardiologists-per-Dad rank: 18

Father’s Day fun day rank: 28

School quality (1-10 scale): 10

Funny how no Southern Conservative cities made the Liberal website’s list.  But, I digress…

Right now, in America, it is harder than ever to be a Dad.  Any male, who is not impotent, can sire a child…as is being proven daily across our country.

However, it takes a man to be a Daddy, a Papa, a Pop, a Pops, somebody’s Old Man, or, simply, Dad.

I’ve had to privilege of having a hand in raising three step-sons, one nephew, and one very special daughter.  I would not give back one moment of those experiences for anything that this world can offer.

I was not a perfect role model.  I made mistakes.  But, looking back, I know, in my heart, that I’ve made a difference in their lives. And I thank the One who made me for that opportunity.

Happy Father’s Day!

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3 Responses to “Father’s Day 2011”

  1. ladyingray Says:

    Thanks for the history of the day! Happy Father’s Day!

  2. Gohawgs Says:

    Happy Father’s Day, Old Man…

  3. lovingmyUSA Says:

    This was beautiful…

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