On Sunday June 15, 2014 all of North America will celebrate Father's Day. The very first Father's Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910. In Canada and the US it is celebrated on on the 3rd Sunday in June but many other countries celebrate it on other days in the year.
As much as many identify Father's Day, Mother's Day and Valentine's Day as Hallmark Card days, the reality is, it is nice to have at least one day a year to stop to recognize our parents and the sacrifices they have made for us over the years.
Parenthood is probably the hardest 'job' in the world. Something that comes without an instruction book and leads to a lifetime of worry but also, a lifetime of joy. I think few people actually realize how difficult parenting another human being is until they have a helpless baby in their arms. Few children realize the sacrifices their parents made for them until they have children of their own.
On some level, it is unfortunate that we need to denote one day a year as special for a parent however, in our fast paced world, for those who take a parent for granted every other day of the year, its nice that there is one day that we can actually devote to them (and in some cases, that they let their kids 'spoil' them).
If you ask most dads they would say that spending time with their kids is far more important than any 'gift' they can get. Often that is all most of us want. The gift of 'time' is one of the most precious things you can give someone any day of the year. We are often so busy worrying about what to 'buy' someone, that we often forget that the best gifts don't have a dollar value attached to them.
So do acknowledge your dad this weekend - be it your real father, stepfather or grandfather. Let them know how much you value them and all they do for you all year long.
Happy Father's Day!