n Flag Day we remember what our flag means, and how it is up to all of us to protect those ideals.
June 15, 2012
It's never too late to brush up on a few things.
A dad will never say,” Take your homework to mom." At least for the first 15 minutes.
A dad will praise your drawing, even though he has no idea what it is.
A dad will get to know all your friends and not be too judgmental, even if they’re a little weird.
A dad will get awakened at 4:30 A.M, with a thumb in his eye, and laugh. Eventually.
A dad will share his childhood with you — the good and the bad, and only clean it up a little bit.
A dad won’t give you his dreams, because he knows they’re not your dreams.
A dad will make a kite with you and fly it, and try not to get too upset when the first stiff breeze takes it to a galaxy far, far away.
A dad will want to catch you before you fall, but instead picks you up, dusts you off, and lets you try again.
A dad will put limits on your safety, but never on your mind.
A dad is someone who will face any parenting decision with confidence because he believes what Bill Cosby said — at least 50% of the time he’ll be right.
And when you get older, a dad is someone who will always be there for you, lending an ear or any money you might need at a very low rate of interest.
A dad is just a person, who makes mistakes, doesn't have all the answers, but can fake a few when required.
Fathers' Day (and that's where the apostrophe belongs) was not established as a holiday to improve the bottom line at the greeting card companies.
In 1909, Mrs. John B. Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a special day in Spokane, when she wanted to honor her father, William Smart — a Civil War veteran, who was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child.
Calvin Coolidge’s best idea in office (it didn’t take much) was supporting, in 1924, the idea of a National Fathers’ Day. And in 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Fathers' Day. Which has evolved to include any man that has an influence over your life — fathers, uncles, your hitting coach (mine didn't help much).
So Happy Fathers’ Day. Which is, if you haven’t figured out yet, this Sunday.
The nice thing is you have today and tomorrow to ponder what to get him for being a great dad.
And, if you’re that dad, you’ll be able to practice gushing when you get that special designer cologne. And even though you’ve never worn cologne in your life, you’ll smile, and pretend it's at least the second-greatest present in the world.
Since you already got the first.