This weekend we honor fathers! My children, my sisters, and I are excited to be honoring my husband, Danny Bland, and my father, Gene Thurman. Both are such good men with big hearts and great impacts on a lot of lives.
My husband and father are and have been involved heavily in education in North Carolina on all levels. I can say firsthand that they have truly affected the lives of so many students in this great state. Happy Father’s Day to you both!
Anyway….how did it all start? (Father’s Day, that is). Well, I posted a blog last month about the origin of Mother’s Day so it’s only fitting to do the same for all the terrific fathers out there.
Father’s Day is every third Sunday in June and is a complement to Mother’s Day. This day is set aside to glorify and honor fathers and paternal bonds. The very first observance of Father’s Day took place in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908.
It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907. It is possible that Clayton was influenced by the first celebration of Mother’s Day that same year, just a few miles away. Clayton chose the Sunday nearest to the birthday of her recently deceased father. Unfortunately, the day was overshadowed by other events in the city, West Virginia did not officially register the holiday, and it was not celebrated again. Instead, credit for Father’s Day went to Sonora Dodd from Spokane, who invented independently her own celebration of Father’s Day just two years later, also influenced by Jarvis’ Mother’s Day. However, Fairmont is now promoted as the “Home of the First Father’s Day Service”.
Please take time today to give reverence to all the fathers and father-figures in your life. Parenting is quite a challenging task and is by far the least recognized position you’ll ever have (if you become a parent). Sometimes, we take those we love for granted and don’t speak often enough of our love, support, and gratitude. Today, treat dads like the kings they are! I know I will. Thanks for reading. 🙂