“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – Shakespeare
What is Father’s Day? And why you should celebrate it?
It’s a day where we remember our fathers. A day where we all should celebrate not just our fathers, but all fathers and what they represent.
The origin of Father’s Day seemingly had quite a modest beginning in the early 1900′s. The idea was spurred after a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd heard a sermon about Mother’s Day. After hearing then sermon in her church, she decided that there should be a day for dads. And she decided that she should honor her own father who raised her and her five other siblings after her mother passed away.
The idea was first mocked and encountered much resistance. But Sonora kept promoting the idea and eventually was accepted as an official day to celebrate.
So here we are. Father’s Day is a day that most of us will celebrate. But what exactly will we be celebrating it?
I think it’s different for some of us. For some of us, we will celebrate our fathers who worked hard and always provided for us. For some, we will remember our fathers who died for us, a cause, or our country.
And unfortunately, some will not celebrate the day at all. It could be that you never had a father in the sense that you knew him. Maybe he abandoned you. Maybe you mistreated you. I could go on here. If you fit in this category, I apologize on behalf of your dad. It’s not your fault for anything that happened and I hope you never feel that guilt a second in your life. I pray that if you have any bitterness towards your father or harbor any ill will, that you will find it in your heart to forgive. It will set you free.
As a father myself, it breaks my heart to think that such situations exist. But yet, they do. It happens every single day. But even so, we can’t discount the importance the role of a father has in our lives.
I pray that we can see fatherhood restored as a vital role within our society. That we can see violence drop in our communities as a result of fathers being in the home. It is my hope that fathers will step up to the plate and be a role model for their children.
Father’s Day should be celebrated. And the idea of fatherhood should be acclaimed. It is unarguable that fathers, fatherhood or mentorship in any father-like capacity, plays a very crucial role in our society.
To all the fathers, step-fathers, mentors, or any man who has taken children under their care for the better, thank you for your contribution in your family. And to society as a whole. Enjoy this day and know that you’re celebrated.