Editorial

Happy Father's Day, Dads!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Father's Day finally became an official recognized national event in the United States in 1924. It was then that President Calvin Coolidge signed a resolution to "establish more intimate relations between fathers and their children and to impress upon fathers the full measure of their obligations."

And with that he made this day a special day for all dads.

Father's Day is officially the third Sunday in June of each year. So, let's take a look at this special day and what it means.

Everyone has both good and not so good memories about their dad. For those who still have their dads with them, there will be cookouts, presents, and family gatherings. There will be laughter, great food, and maybe even some practical jokes played. Old videos may be watched, jokes told, and of course hugs for everyone.

For those of us whose dad has died, they will have some of the same things - memories, laughter, and tears.

Then there are those who have dads that for whatever reason cannot share this day with their children, they will still have much of the same.

Father's Day is a celebration. It is a day that we can say, "I love you dad" or we can just give dad a hug or a kiss and say "thank you" for being there and all you've done for me.

While growing up, children sometimes give dad a lot of grief. Dad's sometimes give back grief in return and children don't always see that "love" involved, what a lot of people call tough love, but as we age we more and more appreciate it.

Dads love to eat. Fix your dad a meal today, or take dad out to his favorite eating-place. If nothing else, give him a card and just spend a little time with him.

If you can't visit him, call him on the phone. Let him hear your voice and he will know that you love him.

What about those dads who decided they did not want to have anything to do with their children?

If your dad decided to exclude you, or maybe dad did not treat you, as a loving dad should, he is still your dad. You may not have a desire to reach out to him, and he may not want you to. But whatever the case is, you still need to forgive, for forgiveness is the beginning of finding happiness.

After all, love is not just a word, it is an emotion, and it requires action to be expressed.

Regardless of your circumstances, we hope everyone has a great "Father's Day!"