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.
How has your father influenced your life?
Do you have memories of dancing on dad's 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? Can you remember feeling his presence at your ball games, recitals or while car pooling? What about times of tough love? More recently perhaps as a daughter you hold dear the memory of him walking you down the aisle on your wedding day, or as a son you remember him as your "best man". Do you have memories of him being there for you to help you pick up the pieces of your life after a shattering disappointment?
Especially on Fathers Day, the memories that conjure feelings of love for your dad are the right ones to help you find the words to express your love to him.
If you're reading this you are probably an adult, quite likely a parent as well. Like you, your dad is not getting any younger. As life would have it, the people we hold most dear are destined to one day depart this world. Father's Day is just the occasion to put into words that he's been there for you all these years and that he can count on you always being there for him.
If you would 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 has always meant to me.
In loving memory of
Melvin Jackson Cotten Sr. 1921-1998
Photography by Karen Stuthard
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