Creative Child June 2016 - Page 25

With a desire to honor those fathers who had a passed, she asked her local church to dedicate a day to honor fathers. The celebration however did not spread to a wider audience. Though Fairmont was named the birthplace of Father’s Day, it was across the country in Spokane, Washington 2 years later where Sonora Smart Dodd heard a Mother’s Day sermon and proposed the idea for a celebration for fathers by the local churches. Dodd’s mother had died in childbirth, and she and her 5 siblings had been raised by her father. She wanted fathers to be celebrated just as mothers were. Slowly, celebrations began to spread through the churches in the United States over the next 50 years. While local celebrations were held around the country, it wasn’t until 1972 that President Richard Nixon made it a federal holiday. Now celebrated in many countries around the world, Father’s Day is seen as a day of gift-giving, but let us remember the origin of this celebration. Let us remember the two women, one with a heart for the fatherless and one who was motherless, and the reasons behind their proposals to honor fathers. Let us remember those fathers whose lives were lost in the mine and all fathers who have gone on and all of the children they’ve left behind. Let us celebrate the fathers still with us, not by digging into our pockets, but by opening up our hearts in gratitude. 24