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What Makes A Dad

God took the majesty of a tree,
The strength of a mountain high,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God took these qualities,
When no more was left to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ...Dad

Any man can be a Father,
but it takes a special person to be called Dad.

    Father's Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card
    manufacturers sell more cards. In fact when a "father's day" was first proposed there were no Father's Day cards!

    A woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day
    sermon in 1909.She wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. William Smart, a Civil War veteran, was
widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Mr. Smart was left to raise the baby
     and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington state. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an
adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent.
 

    Sonora's father was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on
    the 19th of June, 1910.  In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father's Day. In 1926, a
National Father's Day Committee was formed in New York City. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of
Congress in 1956. In1972, President Richard Nixon established a permanent national observance of Father's Day to be
held on the third Sunday of June. So Father's Day was born in memory and gratitude by a daughter who thought that her
father and all good fathers should be honored with a special day just like we honor our mothers on Mother's Day.

    .Father's Day has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. Stepfathers,
    uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are all be honored on Father's Day.


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