Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Dads fill many different roles every day

By the Advocate Editorial Board
June 13, 2013 at 1:13 a.m.

Fathers play multiple roles. On any given day, a father can be a handyman, toy repair specialist, navigator and chauffeur, coach, cheerleader and more.

Father's Day is Sunday, and we are glad we have a chance to honor our fathers for all they have done and continue to do to improve our lives through hard work, leading by example, love, protection and more.

Every one of us has a father, even in our modern society of single parents and unstable relationships. Some are fortunate enough to have a family with a father who is present and an active participant in their daily lives. Others may not have such a positive relationship with their fathers. But whatever the case may be, each of us can at least offer thanks for helping to give us life.

According to the Library of Congress, Father's Day has a long history that began with a woman named Sonora Dodd, who wanted to dedicate a day to honoring fathers. The first Father's Day was celebrated in her hometown of Spokane, Wash., in 1910. Over the years, it was almost recognized multiple times, but it did not receive official recognition until President Lyndon Johnson declared that the third Sunday in June would be Father's Day in 1966. The proclamation was made permanent by Richard Nixon in 1972.

We are excited for another chance to show our fathers how grateful we are for everything they have done for us. They are living examples for us to watch and learn from, and we appreciate their efforts to be the best fathers they can be. Through every day, week, month and year, they continue to do everything they can to give the best to their families.

Whether he serves a more traditional role bringing home the bacon or acts as a stay-at-home dad, a father has earned praise. So we say thank you to all the fathers out there who spend their days and nights soothing and changing babies, hunting down monsters under the bed, playing catch, reading bedtime stories, sharing advice, teaching important skills and providing discipline. Part of who we are today is because of you.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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