Thursday, June 12, 2014

Father's Day


This post is coming your way a couple of days early to get it out before the Father's Day.

The first Father's day celebration was sponsored on June 19, 1910.

Today I honor my father by mentioning the two phrases he always used, If you made the bed, you sleep in it and You can take a horse to water, can't make him drink it. The simple translation is, follow up your decisions and no one can make you do something you don't want to do.

Of course, I can always find excuses for not following them!

Happy Father's Day!


Father's Day

The eight-year-old twins, Suchi and Soori were talking while working on their art in the den.

Suchi said, "Bhaiya and Didi turned last weekend into a mother's day!"

Soori said, "No--- they cooked a special meal for us and made it into a twin's day!"

Suchi replied, "Yeah, a twins' day!"

Sapna chimed in, "Suchi-Soori, how about we do something for the Father's Day?"

Sagar joined in the conversation, "That's right, we can do something special."

The twins screamed, "Yeah, let's celebrate the Father's Day."

Sagar said, "Before that, I am going to tell you a story about the Father's Day."

The twins frowned, "Are you going to give us another one of your history lessons?"

Sapna said, "Shhh..listening ears, girls."

The twins pretended to zip their mouth and sat quietly with their hands in lap.

Sagar went on, "Sonora Smart Dodd, an Arkansas woman, thought of honoring her father, William Smart, a farmer, after she heard a sermon honoring the mothers."

Sapna said, "Then?"

Sagar smiled, "Suchi-Soori,  it is an interesting story. Well, William Smart's wife died in her sixth childbirth."

Suchi said, "Thank God, we are only five."

Sorri added, "I don't want anything happening to Mom."

Sapna said, "Kiddos, Bhaiya is talking about Sonora' mom, not our mom."

Sagar patted the twins heads, "Now listen. Sonora saw her father raise six children all by himself."

Suchi asked, "Didn't she help?"

Sagar said, "Yes, like your Didi, she was a wise girl." He smiled at Sapna, "Since Sonora was the only daughter, she helped her dad to raise her brothers."

Soori said, "Good for her."

"She felt her dad was special and should be recognised."

"Hooray for dads."

Sagar continued, "Anyway, in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation recognizing the third Sunday of each June as Father's Day. Then in 1972, President Nixon signed the bill into law."

Sapna wondered, " "And when was it proposed?"


"Two questions: Why did it take so long? Did Sonora Dodd ever see her dream come true?"

Sagar smiled, "Two answers. The proposal faded after 1910, until she sought help from several menswear manufacturers to promote the idea. Congress thought it was too commercial. But ultimately she did see her dream come to life because she lived till 1978."

"It's good that she didn't give it up." "

Soori asked, "So how do we honor our Dad?"

Suchi said, "We can  mow the lawn."

Sapna said, "Bhaiya does that anyway. Nothing special there."

Sagar said, "Let's think of something, however little, that we can do throughout the year!"

Suchi said, "Let's ask Mom."

Soori said, "Good idea, let's ask her."

The twins rushed to Mom's room while the two older siblings made a list of things they could do to honor dad.

The End

© 2014, Meera Desai Shah

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