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Father's Day Fence

Father's Day. . . The Beginning

Larry James

The United States is one of the few countries in the world that has an official day on which fathers are honored by their children.

The idea for creating a day for children to honor their fathers began in Spokane, Washington. It was the brainstorm of Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of a widower who raised five children on a farm in eastern Washington State. Luv U Dad

Sonora thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Having been raised by her father, Henry Jackson Smart, after her mother died, Sonora wanted her father to know how special he was to her.

It was her father that made all the parental sacrifices and was, in the eyes of his daughter, a courageous, selfless, and loving man. 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, but it Happy Fathers Day didn't become official until 1966. That's when President Lyndon Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father's Day.

Father's Day is a day of commemoration and celebration of Dad. It is a day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as a father figure in your life - whether as stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, or "big brothers."

Here are some cool quotes for your cool daddy. . . click here!

Roses are the Father's Day flowers; red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died.

White Rose
This page is dedicated to the
memory of Larry's father,
Rev. O.E. "Jack" Jarvis
August 22, 1911 - September 21, 1991
"Gone but not forgotten"

"When you lose a loved one. . . you gain an angel whose name you know."

Oprah Winfrey

Copyright © - Larry James.

Send your Dad a very special Father's Day greeting card. . . It's FREE!

Father's Day was both a joy and a worry as my kids were growing up. I was always afraid they were going to give me a present that I couldn't afford.

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Daddy Cool: Humorous and Meaningful Quotes on Fatherhood - Tom Burns - This delightful gift book combines witty adages and quotations with humorous, animal-theme photographs as a way for sons and daughters to express affection to their fathers. This lighthearted photo-essay volume is perfect as an extra gift or super-elaborate "greeting card" on Father's Day, Dad's birthday, or any other occasion for remembering Dad.

NOTE from Larry James:  My daughter, Kelly, gave me this book for Father's Day, June 10, 2005. For a few of my favorite quotes about fathers from this book, click here!

Daddy Cool: Humorous and Meaningful Quotes on Fatherhood
Father and Child Reunion Father and Child Reunion: How to Bring the Dads We Need to the Children We Love - Warren Farrell, Ph.D. - The author of Why Men Are the Way They Are demolishes conventional wisdom about the nature of fatherhood and shows how the courts, media, and government create subtle, immensely powerful undercurrents that separate men from their children. Anyone who cares about the nature of fatherhood today, anyone interested in the legal and emotional issues that divide fathers from children, anyone viewing fatherhood from the perspective of a journalist, social worker, or lawmaker, and any single, married, or divorced parent needs to read this thoughtful and engaging book.
The Amazing Dad: More Than 400 Ways to Wow the Kids - Giovanni Livera & Ken Preuss - You are a father. You are the most important man on the planet. You are the maker of moments. . . the creator of memories. . . the ultimate hero in the eyes of your child! You are THE AMAZING DAD! This fun and fully-illustrated source book presents hundreds of games, gags, crafts, and tricks that will astonish and enchant children of all ages. The definitive guide for today's busy father, it shares hundreds of astounding secrets, providing dad with powers beyond his kid's wildest dreams.

The Amazing Dad
Happy Fathers Day

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