Father's Day - It's a Gloves Off Kind of Day.

In 1972, sixty-two years after it was originally proposed by Sonara Louise Smart Dodd, Father's Day was permanently established by President Richard Nixon to be observed on the third Sunday in June.  As a special day set aside to honor the role of the father in the family, each year since, the month of June begs the question, "How has your father influenced your life?"

Men, some being stoic gents, often gloss over sweet musings and declarations of love for them. However, Father's Day is a gloves off, defenses down kind of day; the one day each year that dads let their guard down.

With that in mind, don't let Father's Day slip by without making sure you've struck the love-chord in your father's heart. Tell your dad, step dad or grand dad that he has etched your heart with a love like no one else. Back up your declaration with memories that detail his actions and reveal how he has shaped your life.

Are yours memories of dancing on his feet, the smell and smoothness of his clean shaven face or the strength in his hand holding yours as you strolled along seeking shells in the surf? His presence at your ball games, recitals or while car pooling? His tough love? Perhaps cherished memories of him walking you down the aisle on your wedding day or helping you pick up the pieces of your life after a shattering disappointment?   Memories that conjure feelings of love for your dad are the right ones to help you express your love to him - especially on Father's Day.  What a gift you'll be giving him!  Acknowledgement and gratitude for his simple acts of love through the years.

Like you, your dad is not getting any younger.  In life the people we hold most dear are destined to leave us.  Let Dad know that know he's been there for you all these years and that he can count on you always being there for him.   

If you'd like to give a Father's Day gift that would remind this special man of your immense love for him - every day, consider the Loving Heart Pin or Pocket Heart. They are simple yet powerful symbols of a special bond shared by two.  Worn discreetly inside a jacket or pant's pocket, these sentimental gifts of fine jewelry are just right for Father's Day especially paired with the verse card

 You've always been there for me.
  I'll always be there for you.©

Other verses are available in multiple languages. If you would like to create your own verse, that's possible too.   

As for me, well aware of how fleeting life is, if I had the chance to be with Daddy this Father's Day, I'd sneak behind him as he sits in his favorite chair.  I'd wrap my arms around his neck and tell him how much his love means to me -  now and forever.

In loving memory of
Melvin Jackson Cotten Sr. 1921-1998 

Photography by Karen Stuthard

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