As Father's Day approaches we got thinking about our Dad. About the man who carried us on his shoulders at the end of a long walk, who taught us about messing about on boats, who read stories to us at night about wild animals in the woods, who gave us a love of chopping wood, who showed us you can repair anything if you want to, who introduced us to the pleasure of swimming in a rain storm, who says “Ace!” when he likes things, who will eat anything just to see what it might taste like, the man who reads emails but writes letters, who stays calm through any occasion, the playful gentleman who is always up for an adventure. We love him more than anything.
First celebrated in 1910 in honour of William Jackson Smart, a single parent to six children, after his daughter heard about mothers day and thought a similar holiday should laud fathers. It was signed into law in the US by president Richard Nixon in 1972 and has been acknowledged the world over ever since. They are an odd thing, international days of celebration, but it is very reassuring to know that Fathers Day is not a fabricated ‘hallmark’ holiday, but began as a real celebration of fatherhood - it is why we like it.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
“Never say 'no' to adventures. Always say 'yes,' otherwise you'll lead a very dull life.”
On the third Sunday of June, honour your father, thank him, express your gratitude for him and most importantly indulge him with love. Send him a gift, write him a note or even better just give him a hug.
Imagery: Makers & Brothers
Quotes (in order): Kenneth Grahame (The Wind in the Willows) Ian Fleming and Peter Legge