Why Do We Have Father’s Day?
I love Father’s Day celebrations in the USA.
As you know, Father’s Day is a day that honors fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. In Christian countries of Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 as Saint Joseph’s Day since the Middle Ages.
In America, Father’s Day was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd, and celebrated on the third Sunday of June for the first time in 1910. The day is held on various dates across the world and different regions maintain their own traditions of honouring fatherhood.
On this Day we cut our dads some slack which makes Father’s Day a very special Day for me.
The celebration of Father’s Day reminds us about both the importance and the challenges of fatherhood. Fathers don’t always enjoy the glow of intimacy and admiration we give our mothers. Indeed, fathers have the cultural image of breadwinner, disciplinarian, authority figure.
This is true in almost all cultures around the world. When you were growing up, how often did you hear your mother say, “just wait until your father gets home!”
Traditionally, Western culture has often put fathers into a very difficult role. They must be aloof but intimate; must earn the wage, but be present; must be compassionate, but disciplinarian.
Fathers & Daughters: Special Bond
Dad’s usually have a wonderful relationship with their daughters. And that’s another reason I love the idea of celebrating Father’s Day.
I miss my father a lot. He was such a great person. After my Mom’s death he had no idea how to take care of his 16 years old daughter whose best friend (that was my Mom) had just died. He did the best he could making sure I had the best of education and lots of love.
I am sure if you were to reflect you too will find those glimpses in your life.
The Prodigal Son & His Father
It is no surprise that the father we all most often recognize in the Bible is the father of the prodigal son. It is the most inspiring and revealing story of fatherhood. It is unconditional love in its highest form. While we use that story to reflect God’s grace and love, it is also meant to show how human fathers should be understood.
For a father his children are his pride & joy more so than the the mother.
It’s just that Dads usually have a hard time expressing their feelings. Maybe your Father’s Bible is now old, get him new one or maybe get him an iPad with the Bible on it?
Dad’s In Our Life
Often, fathers feel the burden of their responsibilities but are conditioned not to show it. That sometimes interferes with both their ability to express affection, and our ability to recognize it.
Luckily, our culture is changing and more fathers are involved in parenting in a very direct and intimate way. Some fathers now take paternal leave when a child is born.
They also understand the importance of play with their children in evenings and on weekends.
Our understanding of what “family” means also is evolving. Some of us have had the pleasure of being a godfather or “father figure” to younger family members who may have lost their biological father.
Many children grow up in single parent homes with only a father or a mother.
We have learned that it’s the love, care and presence that define fatherhood.
Your Daddy & You on Father’s Day: Gifts
So as we celebrate this special day, for that special person in our lives who we call father, remember that he may seem remote but likely is more close to you than you realize. He may be the definition of “tough love,” but it is love.
Even if your dad, father or “old man” is grumpy, opinionated and distant, remember that more likely than not you are more important to him than you can imagine.
So, if your dad is/was present/loving and showed it, then show it to him.
In either case, embarrass dad with an abundance of attention, praise and acknowledgement. Maybe go for a bike, boat or a car ride & enjoy some bonding.
Trust me, he will love it! (and so will you).
To conclude I believe Father’s Day is as important if not more than Mother’s Day. If it’s not for the father who goes out in the world & makes us live the life he can provide. He provides us the best food, education & home. All his life our parents work hard so that we can have something better than they had.
I love celebrating Father’s Day because it makes me remember how hard my father worked so that I can be what I am today.
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