Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Father's Day

Although the I've found differing dates for the first Father's Day in America, the holiday was founded by Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington, who proposed the idea of Father's Day in 1909 to honor her own father, William Smart. He had raised several children as a single parent after his wife died in childbirth with their sixth child. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father's Day across the United States. Happy Father's Day! Take a moment today to appreciate your father or the father figures who've shown you love and support over the years.

Some fatherhood quotes to ponder:

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."
~English proverb

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
~William Shakespeare

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."
~Sigmund Freud
"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father."
~Lydia M. Child

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