Father’s Day was always something which I would have liked to be able to celebrate with that someone special. I grew up without a father and didn’t know my grandfathers. So Father’s Day was not celebrated in our family, but in my youth I always longed for this father figure in my life. Now I celebrate with my husband and make him feel appreciated as a father to his daughter and also to our little Yorkie Mignonne.
All of you who have a father or father figure in your life, or remember one fondly, are blessed and this is a great day to celebrate them for all the contributions they have made and are still making. We sometimes forget how many sacrifices have been made on our behalf, and Father’s Day is a great opportunity to acknowledge them.
Reading about Sonora Smart Dodd, who was influential in establishing the celebration of Father’s Day, and how her father raised six children by himself after the death of their mother, it reminded me of my grandfather, who I didn’t know, but who raised 12 children by himself after my grandmother died quite young. My mother was 10 years old then and in the middle of the 12 children. Yes, we should appreciate our fathers and they all deserve to be remembered and celebrated on Father’s Day.
I would like to invite you to make this day truly special for any father, grandfather, stepfather, father-in- law or father figure. And let’s not forget all the daddies of our little furry friends. Being recognized, appreciated and celebrated will make this day a true celebration of love and gratitude. I’ll celebrate my husband as a father, and I know that he will love it and treasure the acknowledgement.
Happy Father’s Day!