Thu, Jun 13, 2013 03:23 AM
There is something about the way dads think that allows them to
transform the ordinary into something extraordinary. From telling
stories about make-believe distant lands, to building forts, to
playing backyard games, to road trips, to "experiments" in the
kitchen, and other adventures many lucky kids grow up counting on
dad to make life fun and interesting.
This Sunday, June 16, families around the world will honor
fathers and celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence
of fathers in society. Many countries celebrate on the third Sunday
of June, though this date is not universal.
The first Father's Day in America is said to have been
celebrated on June 17, 1910. It took place after a successful
campaign by Sonora Dodd to recognize the role of male parents. Dodd
was inspired by her own father, William Smart, who successfully
raised six kids alone after his wife died in childbirth. According
to the most recent census, there are about 70 million fathers in
America, 1.7 million of which are single fathers like Smart.
Father's Day became an official national holiday in 1972, 58
years after Mother's Day became official. Although the celebration
has not quite caught up to expenditures for moms, American's spend
over $1 billion annually on gifts for dad.
Photo by Maxx Steinmetz