Sunday, June 17, 2007

Father's Day

Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd was the driving force behind the establishment of Father’s Day in the US. She wanted to recognize the selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.


It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man.


President Calvin Coolidge first supported the idea of a national Father's Day. President Richard Nixon signed into law National Father’s Day on the 3rd Sunday in June.


Somehow it got lost in Hallmark marketing and tie manufacturing.


Personally, it's somewhat bittersweet for me. My own father died 10 years ago on Father’s Day weekend.


From the heart and for the selflessness and love of fathers everywhere, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!


Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer


  1.  Happy Fathers Day Patrick.  Hope it is a good day.  My own father was a monster but I really miss my FIL on this day.


  2. Happy Father's Day, Patrick. You are one of the best dads around.

  3. Today my Sunday School kids did their part to honor all our dads in church. For the past three weeks they've been decorating the gift bags and painting the plastic "stained glass" ornaments. I recruited ten moms to bake cookies, 3 dozen each, any kind. Today, the cookies all arrived before Sunday school began. I gathered up all our kids (we only had four, ages 4-9) in attendance today, so those four did all the work) and set them to work bagging all the cookies. Then they dropped a stained glass ornament with a hook into each bag. There were 38 gift bags. I wasn't sure it would be enough, but I thought it should be enough. Just in time for church service to start, the kids carried all the cookie bags into the sanctuary. When it was time for us to do our part, I read a special poem for our dads, then called the kids up. I asked the grand-dads to stand, then the dads, and so on. The kids were thrilled to carry a bag of cookies to each dad. Not a dad left standing without cookies. Every year our church does this. It has become a tradition the dads look forward to (the kids too): homebaked cookies in bags the kids decorated. There were enough for every dad, grand-dad, step-dad, foster-dad, and even uncles to take home a bag of 1 dozen homebaked cookies. Wish I could send you a bag, Patrick! Thanks for reminding us of the history of this day. Happy Fathers Day to you. Bea

  4. Happy Father's Day, Patrick!! Although, not a single parent, you have pretty much been one. I think you belong in the sleflessness catagory as much as any father ever could!!!  From a daughter who loves and appreciates her dad, thanks for all you have done for your family!!

  5. ((((((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))Happy Fathers Day to you.I hope its a special one.

  6. ...........a time of nostalgia, hope your day made a special memory for you and your daughter!  I am sure that Patti put in a giggle somewhere there!

  7. i do hope you had a great Fathers Day:) have a great week


  8. I hope you were celebrated because you are a wonderful father.



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