to all the dads out there giving it their all, day in and day out, Happy Father’s Day!
It’s true what they say, “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” There is so much more to fatherhood than the simple donation of genetic material. Dads are the ones who never quit and never walk away. They love and support, teach and encourage, and cheer you on from the proverbial sidelines no matter where life’s journey may take you.
Whether by blood or by heart, parenting has the potential to be the most amazing, most challenging, most beautiful, most frustrating, most important thing some of us may ever experience. Embrace all of those moments—big and small. Because while it may not always be easy, it’s almost always going to be worth it.
Sadly, I do not have a good relationship with my father, nor with my step-father. I often wish that things would have turned out differently, but it wasn’t in the cards. That doesn’t keep me from recognizing and appreciating both the visible and invisible efforts of the millions of other fathers out there who are wholesome and loving and being the best darn dads they can be!
Enjoy your day, dads! 💜
Did You Know?
The adoption of Father’s Day as a national holiday followed Mother’s Day by about 58 years. Signed by Richard Nixon in 1972, the proclamation set aside every third Sunday in June as a day to honor fathers.
Its road to becoming a nationally celebrated holiday was not as quickly and easily adopted as was its counterpart. In fact, in the time prior there were even efforts to scrap both days in favor of a more inclusive Parents’ Day that would honor and respect both parents.
A lot of the pushback on the concept of a Father’s Day was related to its commercialization, but also to a general disdain for attaching sentimentality to fathers that was believed would “domesticate manliness”. — Father’s Day 2023 – Date, Definition & History