Sunday, June 15, 2014

Father's Day

I want to start off by wishing a very happy Father’s Day to all of the dads, grandpas, spouses, and husbands out there! Whether it’s your first or one of many Father’s Days, know that your presence, hard work, love, and commitment to fatherhood doesn’t go unnoticed by us females out there. And today is the perfect chance for you to be thanked for being the world’s best dad (funny how probably every father gets a card that says something similar… I’d like to see what would happen if we put them all in a room to duke it out over who really is the BEST ☺… clearly mine would be the winner haha).

Where did Father’s Day come from? In 1909, a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd living in Washington put out a petition to honor a day for fathers, similar to the already recognized Mother’s Day. Her and her five siblings were raised by their father, a Civil War veteran, after their mother passed away during childbirth. The first Father’s Day was celebrated the following year on June 19, 1910. It became a national holiday under Lyndon B. Johnson in 1972 (took ‘em long enough, huh?).

Where did the word “father” originate from? It first appeared in Old English as fæder, which was derived from the Germanic fadar. Other forms of the word include the Dutch vader and German vater (“Luke, I am your father” –Darth Vader… ring a bell, anyone?). The funniest and most interesting piece of information I found out was the origin of the word “dad”… There isn’t one! At least not a profound, historical, trace-back-the-steps-to-the-first-time-it-was-used origin. It is thought that since one of the first sounds babies make (help me out my speech pathologist friends… hope I’m not making this up!) is the “da-da-da” sound, it was recognized and assigned to the baby’s father, which eventually took the form of “dad”. Crazy, huh? Pretty cool too though, I thought. When I have kids I can’t wait to make up and define words based on all their babbling ☺.

Where did MY father come from? My dad was born as the third of four children to Aurelia and Nicola, who had recently migrated to the United States from Italy. Their strong Italian heritage will always remain a big part of my family’s lives (RIP Mamia and Tatia!). My dad met my mom in 1984, married in 1985, and they had their first beautiful bouncing baby girl (yep, that’s me ☺) in 1987. Two more brothers and one more sister later for me, and my dad is a proud father of four. He is the hardest-working, most loyal, caring, and loving father there is and has always taught me and my siblings the importance of being on time, working hard, spending quality time with family, and keeping a strong faith. We love you Dad!

PS. I can’t end this post without a shout-out to my mom’s dad, my Grandpa. A father to eight and grandfather to more than 30, he is a true example of fatherhood at it’s finest, teaching us the value of faith and family as being the most important things in this life. Love you Grandpa!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Father’s Day today, and to all of those out there who may not have a father presence, whatever the circumstances may be, remember that Mom’s can double as a father too, and so can other male figures in your life, so take a moment today to thank them as well. Until next time…

with faith, love, & coffee,

kellie ann
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