Honoring Dad on Father's 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 granddad 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.

In preparation, I suggest spending a few minutes traveling back in time.  Will yours be 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 as shell-seekers in the surf? Could it have been his presence at your ball games, recitals or while car pooling? 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?   Whatever memories conjure the feelings of love you have for your dad, share them with him - especially on Father's Day.  What a gift you'll be giving him, to affirm the lasting effect of 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.  As New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is known to say, "It is what it is."  Let Dad know that you are acutely aware that he has been there for you all these years and that he can count on you always being there for him.   Prepare for a moment that neither of you will ever want to forget.

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, let me share with you 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 pocket, these are perfect Fathers Day gifts for men, especially if accompanied by grilling steaks out in the backyard!   For Fathers Day,  to accompany each gift I've created a new verse: "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 is possible too.  Orders may be placed online at LovingHeartCollection.com.  

As for me, well aware of how fleeting life is, if I had the chance to be with Daddy this Fathers Day, I'd sneak up on him from behind as he sat in his favorite chair.  I'd wrap my arms around his neck and tell him how much his love has meant to me - then, now and forever.

If you are crazy about your dad, Fathers Day is not just another day. - Jean Cotten Schnaak, LHC Designer

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

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