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POSTED: June 17, 2012 12:00 p.m.

Today, we make them feel extra special because it is their time.  

Dads don’t really enjoy being the center of attention, but on this day, we make them the center of attention.

The third Sunday in June has been designated as Father’s Day, and they have certainly earned it. Fathers provide the strong background necessary to keep the family together.

According to History.com, in 1910, a Spokane, Wash., woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was responsible for the first statewide Father’s Day.  It was not until 1972 that President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making the third Sunday in June a permanent federal holiday. In the 102 years since its origin, Father’s Day has become a popular holiday.

Father’s Day also is a recognized holiday in many other countries. Families show fathers their gratitude in so many memorable ways because of the many things they do to keep the family together and contributions they make to society

As the role of fathers steadily evolves, they are performing many tasks they did not do in the past. It is not unusual to see fathers dropping off and picking up their children from daycare centers and schools, cooking meals, doing the laundry and helping children with their homework.

On his day, he is ready for a little reward. He has probably been hinting all year about some of the things he would like for Father’s Day.

Again according to History.com, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.
Your act of appreciation does not have to break the budget.  It may be something as simple as grilling out, taking him on a fishing trip or buying him the HD large-screen television he keeps talking about, golf clubs or fishing gear.

He might enjoy dinner at his favorite restaurant or having family prepare his favorite dishes and dessert especially for him. By doing these things, you are telling him that you care and he is appreciated.

Whatever expression of love you show, don’t forget to call or visit him today if possible. Sometimes, we think they are not sentimental, but they are. They want to be told they are loved; fathers don’t want to be taken for granted.

Many fathers are being honored in their churches today as well. Special sermons, songs, poems and skits will be done in their honor and they will be given flowers, pens, candy, breakfasts and luncheons.  

Fathers, it’s your time — enjoy the moment.

 

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