Today, Father’s Day, is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and those who take on the role of father make to the lives of their children.
The idea to recognize Dads’ special job was proposed as early as 1908 but didn’t establish a real foothold in the American calendar until World War II, when so many men accepted the added burden of protector of their country by taking up arms and going to war.
Today, we recognize the day as a time to celebrate Dad’s role in protecting and cherishing their families - no war needed. Or, at least, no formally declared war as Dad - and Mom, too - strive to keep their children safe in uncertain times.
But today’s fathers do so much more. They are teachers, caregivers, disciplinarians, as well as a special source of love and laughter. And, of course, they support the household, often sharing the burden with Mom.
And then there are the intangibles - the special magic created by a father’s love. The experts say that Dads are the ones that instill confidence in their daughters and teach their sons how to respect the daughters of others. They teach values - how to build and cherish friendships and how to work toward a future that will fulfill youthful dreams.
Because fathers are so important, we know that our readers will spend the day honoring Dad, whether it’s spent remembering the good times, sharing burgers hot off the grill, spending an afternoon watching golf on TV, or whatever will bring the family together.
Happy Father’s Day, Dad!