Sunday, June 19, 2011

Old as she was...

she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor


My Dad was not big on having his picture taken...so I have very few in my stash...and he died before the digital camera came along...everyone can snap pictures 24/7 now. Still there is something about going through boxes of photos that tugs at my heart and stirs my memories. I don't get that feeling pressing little buttons...but then I was born way before remote controls, cell phones, and even...yikes!...computers.

Today is Father's Day.The National Retail Federation reports that Americans will shell out an average of $106.49 on dad this year, compared to $94.32 in 2010. Mothers, however, still raked it in in May with $140.73 spent on them for Mother’s Day.

According to the National Retail Federation, we’re going to spend $1.4 billion on greeting cards, $2.1 billion on activities, such as golfing, dining out or heading to the movies, $653 million on sporting goods and $593 on automotive accessories. We will spend $1.3 billion on electronics, $1.4 billion on clothing, $1.4 billion on home improvement, gardening tools and appliances, and $598 million on books and CDs.

When it comes down to shopping, more than one-third of us will head to dad’s favorite department store, and nearly as many will shop at discount stores. Twenty-two percent will shop online.

And while most half of us will shop for our dads or stepdads, the other half will also treat husbands, sons, grandfathers, brothers and/or friends to Father’s Day card and gifts.

The first observance of Father's Day actually 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's 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. All the 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. Clayton's celebration was forgotten until 1972, when one of the attendants to the celebration saw Nixon's proclamation of Father's Day, and worked to recover its legacy.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972. Those were the days when the 2 political parties understood compromise.

In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers. So...no "stuff" today...just memories...and they are worth far more than stuff any old day!

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