Happy Fathers Day to all you dad’s out there! Times have certainly changed, where now dads are spending 3 times as much time with their kids than previous generations, including doing more household choirs (e.g. cooking & cleaning) as well as being stay at home dads, changing nappies etc.
Celebrating Father’s Day is a little over 100 years old, beginning in May 1909. Apparently Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, sat in church listening to a Mother’s Day sermon when she decided she wanted to designate a day for her dad – William Jackson Smart – as her mother had died in childbirth and her father had taken the responsibility of raising the newborn along with his other children.
In 1910, Sonora brought a petition before the Spokane Ministerial Alliance to recognize the courage and devotion of all fathers like William on June 5, her dad’s birthday. The local clergy liked the idea of a special Father’s Day service, but couldn’t pull something together so quickly, so they settled for June 19, the third Sunday in June.
On that first Father’s Day in 1910, church sermons across Spokane were dedicated to fathers, red and white roses were passed out in honor of living and deceased fathers, the mayor of Spokane and governor of Washington issued proclamations, and Sonora found her calling. She would spend much of the next 60 years pushing for the official recognition of Father’s Day as a national holiday.