If Your Heart TRULY “Belongs To Dad”…Shouldn’t It “SPARKLE”?!?Nicole Sparks
If Your Heart TRULY “Belongs To Dad”…Shouldn’t It “SPARKLE”?!? Bad ties, preschool hand-print clay artwork, bizarre “child-chef” crafted breakfasts, yet ANOTHER wallet… historically, this is how we choose to honor the Dads in our life on their ONLY day of the year: Father’s Day!
So, while we prepare to celebrate another Father’s Day this upcoming weekend, this annual “bad-gift” tradition bears a DEEPER examination into the circuitous history of this observance.
When Anna Jarvis began to popularize the observation of Mother’s Day in 1908 – taking cues from earlier local efforts begun during the 1800s, both around the country AND world – the concept of honoring the oft-overlooked role women thanklessly performed, it immediately gained support.
By 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law – after several tabled earlier Congressional motions during 1908 – the bill officially declaring the second Sunday in the May each year, as Mother’s Day in the U.S. However, dear old Dad failed to gain the swift approval given to Mom!
Seeing the nationwide tidal wave of support for Anna Jarvis’ Mother’s Day effort, in 1910 Sonora Smart Dodd sought to honor her father, William Jackson Smart, with a similar observation at her local Spokane, Washington YMCA. While pursuing her studies at the Art Institute of Chicago during the 1920s, her efforts to rally sentiments around an annual Father’s Day celebration languished. However, upon her return to Spokane in the 1930s she once again took up the banner and moved her campaign onto the national level.
Now here’s where beleaguered Dads really takes a hit! Woodrow Wilson jumped on the initial bandwagon – even traveling to Spokane to speak at a Father’s Day celebration in 1916, and pushing for the national recognition of this day. This pre-dated the first Congressional bill introduced to make this an official holiday in 1913… but sadly, it failed to find favor with the legislators.
A few years later, in 1924, President Calvin Coolidge made a recommendation for Father’s Day to receive the similar national recognition, but never went so far as to issue a Presidential proclamation. Fast forward more than 30 YEARS, to 1957, when Maine Senator Margaret Chase Smith took Congress to the proverbial woodshed, over their failure to honor fathers during the 40 years that had passed since mothers received their official due!
Unfortunately, this official “shaming” STILL did not provide enough incentive for the legislative body to correct this egregious oversight. It took almost 10 MORE years for then-President Lyndon B. Johnson – a Texan, we proudly note! – to sign, in 1966, the FIRST Presidential Proclamation honoring fathers annually on the third Sunday of June! AND… even more astonishing, it wasn’t until 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed into law a bill making Father’s Day an OFFICIAL holiday.
Imagine… a 62-YEAR journey just to “officially” honor our fathers! We’re talking at least two generations of men who dutifully nurtured their offspring, silently bore the brunt of the “wait-‘til-your-father-gets-home” role, lovingly wore horrendous neckties, drank cold coffee from “World’s Best Dad” mugs, silently paid the bills, endured good-natured ribbing dished out by females worldwide, tearfully footed the costs and uncomfortable suits to walk their daughters down the bridal aisle… and always took second-place to mom!
In honor of THOSE men, who manage to lead by example, provide food, shelter and support for their children – all while coping with unrealistic expectations, careers and societal pressures, we say “Thanks, Dad!” You DAILY take our breath away – so shouldn’t you plan something for THIS Father’s Day to take way Dad’s breath?!?
It’s interesting to consider that a majority of these on-going efforts to recognize the valuable place fathers hold in our lives and society, was predominately championed by women! Could be why the idea of “my heart belongs to Daddy” is traditionally associated with females? Hmmm…
Pretty, amazing, right?! So, as a salute not only on Father’s Day but EVERY DAY that our Dads, Fathers, Daddies and Pops continue in their largely-thankless roles, we just want you to know even though we may not say it often enough, in truth “our hearts DO belong to Daddy!” So shouldn’t that heart SHOW how it sparkles with your love this Father’s Day?
And, if you’re that last-minute, “yikes, Father’s Day is THIS weekend?” kind of person, never fear! We’re experts in RAPID SHIPPING… and our “sparkle experts” can help you make sure this year’s gift is a LOT more appreciated than ANOTHER bad tie or mug! C’mon, doesn’t your Dad deserve better?!?