Why Celebrate Dad on Father's Day?
Since 1966, Father's Day has been celebrated on the third Sunday in June. It was signed into law by President Nixon in 1972. The first Father's Day was recognized in 1910, in Spokane, Washington. It was established by Sonora Dodd to honor her dad who had single-handedly raised 6 children, after his wife died in childbirth. June was selected because it was the month of Ms. Dodd's dad's birthday.
As a little girl, I idolized my own dad. Oh my goodness, he could do no wrong and I think I was just perfect in his eyes too. When I broke my arm for the first time at age 5, he was working. But my mom, my sister and I were all in town with him at the time. I was so scared at the hospital when they x-rayed my elbow. I thought I did something wrong by climbing the jungle gym and hanging down when no one could catch me. My father arrived soon afterwards and comforted me by telling me a story of when he broke his leg as a child. He was climbing over a fence and his pant leg got caught. He fell over the other side, hanging from the top, in agony.
From that point on, I relaxed. It would be OK. And I was proud to wear my cast.
Dad's Role in the Family
Dad's role in the family was different than Mom's. While she stayed at home, he went off to work everyday. We craved his attention when he walked in the door at the end of a long day! I'm sure Mom was a bit jealous at times, but it was so great to jump into his arms and wrap arms around his neck. My father played games with us like "the Alligator." He would lie on the floor and my sisters and I would try to tiptoe by him and escape out of the room without being snagged and tickled to death by the Alligator! I can still recall our shrieks of joy as we leaped back onto the couch, considered the "safe zone."
In addition to being our family's provider, Daddy would tuck us into bed each night and say our prayers. These grew quite lengthy over time as we added and lost pets, in particular. We would still "God Bless" each and every one of them, in addition to as many other people and friends we could think of, to keep him in our room just a bit longer and delay going to sleep.
It probably wasn't easy being a father to a house full of girls and no boys. Dad was blessed with three daughters and we knew he was immensely proud of each of us! Fortunately, he wasn't much of a sports fanatic, so he didn't miss baseball and football. My father was thrilled to attend indoor events, such as ballet recitals, gymnastics meets and piano recitals. Now, as a grandfather, he has more grandsons than granddaughters... and season tickets to the Mariner's games!
Paul Simon: Father and Daughter
My Children's Father
When it came time to get married, I knew I had to find a person that would not only be a wonderful spouse and partner, but also a great dad. It takes patience, discipline, humor and a great deal of caffeine.
When my husband and I got married 13 years ago, we had no idea we would have four children! But it couldn't have happened to a better man. He loves being a dad, doting on his kids and taking the older two to baseball, basketball and soccer practices and games. When the younger two get older, I am sure he will be equally involved in their activities too! Our life is not without struggles at this point (that would be natural with 5 year old twins, and 8 and 10 year old boys). But I can see the love that my children's dad has for each one of them. He clearly adores kids - particularly his own!
Quotes about Fathers
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." ~Harmon Killebrew
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. ~Author Unknown
Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name. ~William Wordsworth
Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other. ~Joseph Joubert
One father is more than a hundred Schoolemasters. ~George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! ~Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. ~Ruth E. Renkel
A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~Author Unknown
The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road. ~Angelo Patri
It is much easier to become a father than to be one. ~Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man, 1994
The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity. ~Jean Paul Richter
Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. ~Author Unknown
The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!
I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart. ~Adabella Radici
Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. ~Author Unknown
Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor
There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself. ~John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994
There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. ~Author Unknown
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. ~Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly, 1874
It May Take a Village, but it Also Takes a Dad
Conventional wisdom instructs that "It Takes a Village" to raise a child. It is hard to argue with this observation. The more people that are involved in your child's life as they grow up, the more varied experiences they will have and a richer existence. Of course, there are practical considerations as well. Discipline, carpooling, attending numerous events - it all takes a tremendous amount of time. Spread among trusted family members and friends, the tasks are a little less monumental.
The connection between a child and his or her father is unique from other relationships. A male presence in their life may provide another perspective with respect to a number of issues that kids face growing up. Males and females tend to approach conflict differently, as well. It may be helpful to have two different viewpoints with respect to resolution of differences. Whether or not the parents' marriage is in tact, an involved father figure is foundational to a healthy childhood and mental development.
I had three special dads in my life. My own biological father, but also both of my grandfathers. Well, to be honest, I also had doting uncles, great-uncles and even a great-grandfather who lived until I was 17 years old. I realize how lucky I was to have strong laps to sit on, and cute nicknames to which to answer. Grandpa Frank and I had a super connection. From as early as I could talk, I was his Sweet-pea. A true Texan at heart, despite his decades in Washington State, he would call out to me when I walked in the room: sweeeeee (and I would then say "pea"). Grandpa Eldon and I had a little bench in the forest (I thought it was deep in the woods, but as I grew up, I noticed that it was visible from the deck of their home). We would walk down there and sit together, talking about the birds, the flowers, and life. It was our special place to connect. And I had my own special name from Grandpa Eldon, too. "Steph-er-nim-er-nie."
Grandpa Frank, in particular, was a great sounding board for me while I was in my teenage years. Dad worked a lot then, and was not as available as I might have wished. Somehow, I could entrust my grandfather with my secrets, as well as issues I was experiencing with my mom (his daughter). No one knew her better than him, so I had a great resource.
Even if you or your children does not have a biological father in the picture, there are a number of ways in which you can obtain male perspectives and direction, if you desire. Uncles and granddads may be good resources. Perhaps you have a male friend or colleague that loves kids but does not have any of his own. Invite them over for dinner or to a special event for your child (if he or she is open to the idea). Big Brothers/Big Sisters is another organization with many volunteers just looking to spend time with kids that need extra attention and guidance.
Involvement in cub scouts or Boy Scouts is another consideration. There will be plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, working with pocket knives and rope to give your son these experiences.
Participating in sports teams and/or music ensembles (band or orchestra) can also help. Many coaches and directors are men. Oftentimes children will say that a charismatic coach had a profound effect on their growing up. Of course, this also helps them stay engaged in appropriate activities and out of the types of trouble that may occur when boredom sets in.
In a perfect world, children would grow up with two loving parents. With the reality of divorce, abuse and other issues, this is not always the case (nor should it be in extreme situations). If you sense that your child is suffering as a result of lifetime family disruptions, ask your pediatrician if counseling or other therapy would be helpful.
Say "I Love You Dad"
How can you tell your parent that you love them? With a dad, he will enjoy a handwritten note, a phone call, or a visit! As he ages, time together will be extremely important. When you are younger, stay in touch. Call, email or text. Whatever works for your relationship, your father will appreciate knowing what you are doing. When you get married and have children of your own, dads usually want to be a part of that experience. Send photos, have your kids call or write, and try to get together as you can. Consider your dad's interests. Did he play sports? Chess? A musical instrument? Build on these with appropriate gifts. Perhaps tickets to a game, a nice book, or an evening together at a concert or a symphony.
When your dad reaches an older age, things may become more difficult. He could be confused about dates and details. A consistent presence is helpful to keep things on an even keel for him. Meet and help get him out in the world. If he is in a wheelchair or otherwise impaired, patiently help your father, as he once helped you as a child. Some of the best times spent with a parent at this time are simply driving excursions.
Keeping your father engaged and involved will help him feel needed and worthy. In the long run, it could help life expectancy!
Yusef Islam (Cat Stevens) Father and Son
Gifts for Dad
Celebrate Father's Day
Even though Father's Day has been around many decades less than Mother's Day, it may only be because of the delay in recognizing the important role that the opposite sex has in raising kids. Dads, Moms, uncles, and grandparents (and more) are very significant in bringing up children in the current age, in large part because many are involved in trying to balance parenthood and careers.
No matter how you mark the holiday, I hope it's a special one for you, your children and/or your relatives! To all the special dads and father figures in my life, I love you so much! Happy Father's Day!
Connections to Dad
metloub salah on August 10, 2020:
thank you for this subject good continuation
JACOB on May 19, 2011:
I don't really have any feelings. Does that matter?
sankari.nayagam on May 09, 2011:
Most of us remember our mother first and dedicate all our works to her. Father always comes second. A tribute to father sounded good and great!
C.R. Stone from East-Bolton on April 11, 2011:
hladdly on January 27, 2011:
Great article. It is so good when a father has a healthy relationship with his children. he modeled what a husband and father should be like for you, and when you were ready you found some one like him.
Louise Tippets from United States on December 22, 2010:
I so loved this article! You put something wonderful into words that are bound to touch the heart of anyone who reads them.
Pippa Packer on December 14, 2010:
Love this article!
sid_candid on September 11, 2010:
Its an excellent hub and well written. A father has a unique and important part to play in the life of his kids. Thanks for emphasizing the importance of a father in our lives.
Mark Bruno from New Jersey Shore on August 28, 2010:
What a beautiful story and very well written. I am a father of two and now a grandfather. My Dad was my idol and I learned so much from him including being a man. It sounds like you have a great family, so enjoy them and cherrish them like no other.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on August 26, 2010:
Glad you enjoyed it, rayman! Fathers deserve to be celebrated!
rayman21 on August 26, 2010:
This was a great job on this hub, it was kinda touching. Way to put the fathers up front.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on June 19, 2010:
Denise, that is cool! I have to start using that link suggestion tool more too. I'll go check out your hub as well. Hope you have a great Father's Day :)
Denise Handlon from North Carolina on June 19, 2010:
Hi Stephhicks68: Wonderful hub. I rated it "beautiful". It popped up as one of the selections for a hyperlink to my "Sacrifices of Fathers" I wrote today, so I linked it.
Hope you don't mind.
Mardelle Peterson on June 17, 2010:
BEST DAD EVER
There are many famous fathers.....
Abraham ~ the father of the jewish nation, but often lied,
Isaac ~ who favored his son, Jacob,
Jacob ~ who favored his son, Joseph,
King David ~ who was more involved with his kingdom than his sons,
Eli ~ who mentored Samuel, but he, himself, had two wicked sons who were scoundrels.
Now here's the twist.........
These were fathers who were known for their faith in God, but still had faults. The ONE I want to pay tribute to has faults too, but not known for his faith. He is the one I've been married to for 56 years. He is the father of our four sons. Forty of those years he spent wandering in his wilderness of pride, testing out life, somewhat like, Solomon - "striving after the wind."
Shortly before we said, "I do" to each other, Vic lost his right arm in a terrible industrial accident. He was given a defective machine. When the metal was ready to be cut, it got stuck. Vic reached his arm in to pull out the metal. That's when the Punch Press came down and crushed his arm. He was just 23. He made up his mind that he would prove to himself he could do all things a man with two arms could do. So with a great sense of humor and never a word of complaint about his handicap,
He won many car racing championships,
He became a pilot.
He bought a sailboat and managed to never tip it over,
He built a swimming pool by himself,
He could hold his own playing tennis.
But he did little thinking about God. He even, once stated, "When my sons are adults, they will follow MY way." God had His own plans. (The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9) Thanks be to God. The amazing thing that happened was instead of our sons following after their Dad; their Dad followed after his sons and invited Jesus into his heart. Vic was baptized in Folsom Lake by his four sons, Kim, Rad, Matt and Steve, August 28, 2001. (It was 30 years earlier, to the day, that Rad, Matt and Steve were baptized in the same lake.)
Let me tell you how our wonderful God trained Vic into becoming the BEST DAD EVER. Vic was a teacher and a principal and knew well how to discipline. Whenever the boys needed to be corrected, instructed or comforted, Vic modeled our Heavenly Father ~ even though he was not a Christian. Isn't that amazing?!
This is how each of them turned out........
Kim, our first born, has been a missionary for over 30 years. Just out of college, he played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and started a church he called, "The Church of The Moving Spirit." He's a missionary now with PROCLAIM INTERNATIONAL.
Rad, our second born, was a missionary in Mexico along with his new bride before he started teaching school. He's taught 6th graders for over 30 years. His students learn as much about faith as they do algebra and history.
Matt, our third born, spent his college summers doing missions ~ going to Urbana Mission Conference ~ Inner City of Watts, onto sweltering Boston and even the ghetto of Washington D.C. He now is a Computer Analyst.
Steve, our last born, while a student at Berkeley, ventured off to Thailand with only a backpack and a Bible. He ministered to lepers and Cambodian refugees. The following summer he went back again and brought home a family of seven. They lived with him in a house he rented in Arizona while he worked as a Mechanical Engineer. Steve met his future wife at an Urbana Mission Conference. He followed her to China, asked her to marry him. After their marriage they went back to China, organized home churches. Their church in America asked them to minister to the Muslims in Turkey. For the next ten years their family of five did.
Vic may not be a famous father, but to Kim, Rad, Matt and Steve, he is THE BEST DAD EVER.
:D on April 07, 2010:
catalyst20 from Los Angeles, California on March 29, 2010:
Nice articles about your DAD and the role of fathers! That makes me think of my Dad too when I was a young boy. He brought me to the doctor's clinic when I fell head first as I was clinging to him. He felt so guilty for not holding me carefully...but it was actually my fault because I was making unexpected maneuvers while in his arms. He didn't expect I would do such a thing.
heart4theword from hub on February 11, 2010:
This is Great! There needs to be more hubs written about the importance of a Father:) It is great when a man, realizes the lasting effects he can have on his children! Just making a phone call, writing a letter, taking them to a game, time well spent sharing with your children:) Great Hub-Page!
_cheryl_ from California on January 20, 2010:
What a great hub! The importance of Dad is something that shouldn't be forgotten. Thanks for sharing!
Putz Ballard on November 07, 2009:
What a wonderful hub, a standard to live up to, thanks for sharing these precious memories about your dad.
Elusen from Indianapolis, IN on October 21, 2009:
Awesome hub, Steph. You capture the whole picture of a Dad! Any guy is very blessed to have a woman like you on his side!!
James Ginn from Ohio on September 09, 2009:
Being engaged, involved and available as a father are the cornerstones. What a fantastic hub. Quite possibly my favorite of all time. So far ;)
Lee Ann March on August 30, 2009:
Very touching! My dad turned 79 this year, and unfortunately is starting to show his age a little. He's got a problem with a knee and hip, and I just hate to see him in pain all the time and not get to do all the things he really likes to do, like coming to Dallas to watch his grandsons play baseball. He's still a strong influence on all of us though!
davra66 on June 25, 2009:
Love this hub. I'm a divorce dad of two adoring children. I'm in their lives, forever. The bond between fathers and his children is so needed in our world today. I wish that everyone would think that. God Bless.
vanidiana from Depok, Indonesia on June 18, 2009:
My father loves all his five children, and he loves his grandson and daughters as much as he loves his own kids. I do hope my little girl (3 y.o) will get the chance to grow up as a teen, still with her grandpa at her side (she only has one grandpa, that is my father).
I've written a tribute for my own Dad, hope you can visit it, thanks - https://hubpages.com/hub/The-Photos-My-Father-Cher...
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 31, 2009:
Hi IslandVoice - thank you! I feel very lucky with the wonderful dads in my life!
Sylvia Van Velzer from Hawaii on May 31, 2009:
Lovely lovely hub! You are indeed one blessed lady, to be surrounded by awesome dads of all types! Love the family album!
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 23, 2009:
Hi Rina, I am from Seattle originally too. I am hoping you all the best to reconnect with your late father, while enjoying your relationship with your stepdad. Best to you, Steph
RinaMonte on May 23, 2009:
I am reading it now, because I am new to hubs. Great hub, and you are very lucky to have a great dad. It touches a chord, I am trying to reconnect with my late father emotionally. I have a terrific stepdad who is, in fact, my dad, but I didn't know what an early absence of a biological father could do to one's sense of being.
I am from Seattle, Washington state, didn't know Spokane was the first to celebrate this holiday.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 18, 2008:
Karen, yes! I wanted a daughter so badly, and now I can't imagine life without my boys - though one of the twins is a girl (3 boys and 1 girl!) Thank you!
Einron - thank you for the wonderful compliment!
einron from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA on May 18, 2008:
Very nice hub! When I read your hub, I feel as though I was receiving a letter from my best friend. You know how to reach out to the audience like a professional actor. Thanks very much.
Karen Ellis from Central Oregon on May 18, 2008:
Very, very nice. Interesting how you grew up in a family of sisters and now you had four boys. Guess you are getting to experience life from both sides.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 17, 2008:
thank you tblegard, freelegitmoney and sri krsna!
sri krsna from Philippines on May 17, 2008:
This is really such a great hub!!!!!!!!!!! thumbs up to all the DADDY's We Love yah!!!!!!!!!!
freelegitmoney on May 16, 2008:
Very great hub view https://hubpages.com/misc/Effective-parenting
tbelgard from The rainy but beautiful Pacific Northwest on May 16, 2008:
Beautifully written. Touching and poignant.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 16, 2008:
C.S., I am sorry you lost your father at a young age. You are lucky that others stepped in to help. Thanks for the nice comment.
Andy, I am sure that you will pass the positive influence down to your daughter! Its so wonderful to have great role models.
Solarshingles, thank you so much! I really appreciate your thoughts.
solarshingles from london on May 16, 2008:
Steph, I LOVE this Hub!!! You are a very bright, positive and inspirational writer. Thanks.
Andy Xie from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 15, 2008:
Thanks, Steph. This was a great hub and it came at the right time, with Father's Day coming up and everything. After a long day of work or school, my family enjoys seeing each other. My own dad had a great influence on me and I hope I can have that good influence on my daughter!
C.S.Alexis from NW Indiana on May 15, 2008:
Wonderful tribute to all the Fathers Steph. You are lucky to have your Father and a very nice looking family. This reminded me of many men in my life. My own Father passed when I was young but there were friends and relatives who always seemed to be there when needed.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 15, 2008:
Thank you so much Minnie's Mom!
Minnie's Mom from Seattle, WA on May 15, 2008:
Steph, this particular hub really hit home. The flow and pace of it made it so enjoyable to read. Keep them coming please.
saomay on May 14, 2008:
very nice piece. thanks
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 13, 2008:
Keep up the great work, Agro Donkey!
Thank you Amy!
amy jane from Connecticut on May 13, 2008:
Beautiful and sweet hub, Steph! :)
Agro Donkey from Ohio on May 13, 2008:
As a father myself I enjoy every moment that I get with my little girl and aprectiate the thought taken to praise a father. I hope as my little one gets older she thinks of me with the same fondness.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 13, 2008:
Kim, yes! Dads are very important to girls as well as to boys.
Angela, thank you. I appreciate the thumbs up - and I give them to my dads too.
Gyspada, that is wonderful that you have reconnected to your father, and that you had some great father-figures growing up.
Paul - you are right on! I can definitely say that as one of three daughters, we looked to how dad treated our mom. You have an important role ahead of you, and I'm sure you'll do great!
Thanks for the compliments iamtheknowers and adpatino!
adpatino on May 13, 2008:
Very entertaining, thanks!
iamtheknower on May 12, 2008:
Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on May 12, 2008:
I was blessed with a great father. Not the prototypical type, but a very caring and involved father. Now, as the father of three daughters, I often think of my role and how I influence their behavior and attitudes toward men. One of the things that I think is important is to have a loving, caring relationship with my wife to demonstrate what a healthy relationship is to them. Hopefully, this will help them with their future relationships...
gspyda on May 12, 2008:
i liked this a lot.
i grew up without my dad mostly, he left when i was very young. i grew up hard helping to take care of my family. later on in life i found several people who were wanting to be fathers for me. it was hard to trust them and live with them, but i am the better for it and my real father and i are closer now and talk regularly.
Angela Harris from Around the USA on May 12, 2008:
Wow, you had a blessed childhood, but it shows that you are well aware of that. What a great father! And now your kids have a great Dad as well. This is an excellent tribute to fathers everywhere. I gave this hub a thumbs up for sure!
Kim Cantrell from Deep In The Pages of a Book on May 12, 2008:
This is so wonderful! Fathers are so very important in a child's life; and, as is apparent by this writing, not JUST to boys.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 12, 2008:
In the Doghouse - yes, I can imagine it would be tough. This Father's Day will be the first without my special grandpa. The circle of life will bring a new baby boy to our family though. My fifth nephew will be born right around that date.
Chef Jeff, what a lovely comment! Your family obviously means so much to you!
Robie, I agree. I wish my dad was around a bit more during my teen years, but his career was taking off. Still, he was a great resource for me and we still talk at least a couple of times a week. Plus, he's a GREAT granddad!
Drummer Boy, that is so wonderful that you and your dad play in a band together! What a super way to keep the relationship tight. Steph
drummer boy from Kirksville,MO on May 12, 2008:
This was so beautiful. My dad and I are real close. We play in a band together, he plays the guitar and I play the drums. I gave you a thumbs up. Below you will find an awesome on line site that has some great fathers day gifts on sale. Thanks
Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on May 12, 2008:
I love your personal recollections of your father and the pictures. I especially love all the wonderful quotes about fathers.What a great Dad you had. I also idolized my father-- I thought he was big and strong and always right....well at leat until I got to be a teen-ager:-) Girls need a strong loving father as much as boys and so often these days they don't have one. Thanks for the reminder of how special fathers are.
Chef Jeff from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago. on May 12, 2008:
I am proud to be a father, and my children are the most precious people I know, other than my wife. I can't imagine life without her, or them.
In The Doghouse from California on May 12, 2008:
Thanks for your wonderful Hub honoring the role of fathers. I am at the point in my life where I am beginning to see my strong, capable father need more and more help. I am ever grateful for the influence he has had in my life. The cycle of life certainly does move on doesn't it.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 12, 2008:
Thank you Jbatt, Christine, rmr and Peter! Peter, you'll be a great dad! No pressure. Rmr, yes.... So glad that there is a Father's Day to recognize the important role they play! Christine - I was surprised to find out that Father's Day started in little-ole' Spokane, WA! What a nice bit of trivia. Appreciate all the comments!
Peter M. Lopez from Sweetwater, TX on May 12, 2008:
Great hub ... and a lot of pressure, YIKES!
rmr from Livonia, MI on May 12, 2008:
Thank you! This hub should serve as validation to fathers everywhere. We are often overlooked, with so much (well deserved) attention given to the fabulous mothers of the world. This is a great reminder that fathers are important too!
christinekv on May 12, 2008:
Wonderful hub Steph! I didn't know the history behind Father's Day - thanks for starting w/ that! You made me laugh outloud when you started talking about your own family and husband and made the following statement:
"It takes patience, discipline, humor and a great deal of caffeine."
This is loaded w/ nuggets of wisdom and beauty.
JBatt from Las Vegas on May 12, 2008:
You definitely put a lot of thought into your comments and hub, thank you for making it all available in one place! https://hubpages.com/family/Ideas-for-family-night
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 12, 2008:
Ah - so many wonderful comments! Thank you for the compliments ahmu and msms and 516Ads. Annette - I hope they do enjoy it!! Eileen, Rob, quiet tracer and John... all great observations! Fathers are very central figures that have more of an impact (present or otherwise) than they may know! Happy Father's Day to each one of you that are Dads! Everyone else - I hope you enjoy celebrating Dad's day with the men in your life (husband, parent, son, other important people). :-)
John Chancellor from Tennessee on May 12, 2008:
What a wonderful tribute to your father and the father figures in your life.
I suspect that we would have a lot fewer social problems if more children had the love and guidance of a strong father figure in their lives.
While Father's Day is to celebrate fathers, it should also remind us of our duties as fathers and the influence we have on other lives.
quiet tracer from South-Asia on May 12, 2008:
Father is always lovable. Great job steph!
516Ads from Long Island on May 12, 2008:
Great HUB. Thanks for writing it. - David
Rob Jundt from Midwest USA on May 12, 2008:
Thank you Stephanie for such a tribute to fathers everywhere. Having been witness to many fatherless children (young and old), the importance of having a father can never be understated. There is a reason why our Heavenly father created the family to the center of all human relationships. Great job!
Ann Martin on May 12, 2008:
sentimental, cute, and relevant. Im sure the men in your life anjoyed reading this!
Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on May 11, 2008:
That was really great. And yes dads should be included in everything, they love the kids just the same. Full of lots of information for us thanks
msms on May 11, 2008:
stephhicks68 -"Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name. ~William Wordsworth" Great quote...and It is a true statement " A father carries pictures where his money used to be."
Needless to say Your Hub is great!
ahmu on May 11, 2008:
nice hub sweetie
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 11, 2008:
LOL - Betty Jo! (I do love you and your spirit!) Thinking ahead to the next holiday.... I agree that your grandsons would love to play with my kids! It is one big free-for-all here. My 5-year old twins need more friends. It does seem that a lot of our effort goes towards the older two.... :-0
Betty Jo (Harris) Petty on May 11, 2008:
Great hub. But on Mother's Day?
Two little boys live in my house grandsons! Four and five, they would like playing with yours!
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 11, 2008:
Hi Boss and LDS Nana - I really appreciate both of your comments! I love my dad and my grandparents (Grandpa Frank, God rest your soul). I am so fortunate to have a husband who adores his kids as much as I do!! Seriously, I don't know what I would do without the added support and care that he gives. Anyway - thank you again for reading and giving your input. It is so wonderful to read. :-) Steph
rodney southern from Greensboro, NC on May 11, 2008:
Wonderful Job on this hub. Very entertaining.
Kathryn Skaggs from Southern California on May 11, 2008:
This is a beautiful hub about the role of fathers in our lives. Too many today - do not benefit by this priceless relationship, therefore much emotional suffering results for many individuals.
The cost, too high to count.
Every child deserves a mother and a father... after-all, this is what is required to bring them into this world.
To be called either a mother or a father, demands understanding the privileged role that is had in the gift of a child.
To those fathers who understand the important element that they are in the happiness of their children and then fulfill this role - we all pay tribute to them.
A loving father stands side by side with a mother, in completing the nurturning role of parents.
Boss Number 1 from Stayton, OR on May 11, 2008:
This was fantastic. My dad was my rock growing up, and he still is. I don't know where (or who) I would be without him in my life, & I know my friends without dads were blessed by him, too. What a great way to acknowledge the importance of men in the lives of their children.