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What is a father? A father is a man--the perfect
complement to a mother or woman.
Heâ€™s tall enough to reach things on the highest shelf or
get a ball out of a tree, yet short enough to get on eye-level
with a child.
Heâ€™s mature enough to go to work every day--even
when he doesnâ€™t want to--to provide for the needs of
his family, yet childlike enough to make up funny words and
games and laugh like a friend.
Heâ€™s serious in emergencies, but fun at play.
He remembers so much that he can answer a lifetime of
questions and yet can forget what you did that made him
Setting aside a special day to honor fathers was championed
by Sonora Smart Dodd of Washington in 1909. Sitting in
church listening to a Motherâ€™s Day sermon, she thought
about her father, who had functioned in that role in her family.
William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his
sixth child was born. He reared all six children on a farm in
eastern Washington state. His daughter determined to honor
him and other fathers with a special day.
In 1924, Calvin Coolidge supported making Fatherâ€™s
Day a national observance, and in 1966, Lyndon Johnson
designated the third Sunday in June for the observance.
In this issue of my website, I celebrate fathers--the fathers in
my family and those in yours as well. This monthâ€™s
article is on Patriarchy, the Bible study on God as Father,
and the feature article on the three fathers in our family.
Hope you enjoy it.
Iâ€™d love to hear about your father or a father figure in
your life. Donâ€™t hesitate to click on my email address, b.
firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell me about him. .