I found this really interesting article about this Father’s Day being the 100th celebrated, and you can read the whole thing here. In the article it discusses the origin of the holiday, and why it mattered to that person so much.
Some snippets I found interesting:
For Sonora Dodd, the last straw was a church sermon in 1908, when her priest rambled on about the newly created Mother’s Day and the importance of mothers.
“I liked everything you said about motherhood,” Sonora Dodd recalled telling the priest in a 1972 interview. “However, don’t you think fathers deserve a place in the sun too?”
Her father, William Smart, survived the Civil War and then moved West to seek his fortune. His wife died in the winter of 1898, while giving birth of their sixth child.
But Smart, with the help of Sonora, the eldest child and only girl, held the family together. Sonora became convinced of the importance of fathers, at a time when they were not considered that relevant to the family.
In addition, there were 158,000 stay-at-home dads in 2009 who raised the kids while their wives worked, the Census Bureau said.
At the other extreme, Gurian said 90 percent of homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. Also, 71 percent of high school dropouts and 63 percent of young people who commit suicide are from fatherless homes.
I found this interesting, and figured I would pass it along! Enjoy.