Monday, June 13, 2011

Folktales, Fathers and Fun - Celebrate the Men In Your Life

A Letter From His Father
by Claude Andrew Bail

"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!"
                                     ~ Lydia M. Child

Father's Day is June 19 this year, a day when we honor and celebrate the men in our lives who sit through parent conferences, attend dance recitals, volunteer as baseball coaches and walk us down the aisle. But others, who may not be our birth fathers, deserve to be celebrated as well; uncles, godfathers, father-in-laws, any man who makes a positive difference in our lives through leading by example and supporting our goals.

It is almost six years since my own father passed away. While the special men in your life are still with you take a moment to honor them and say "thank you."
  • Some history states that the holiday originated with Sonora Smart Dodd of Spokane, Washington, whose father, a Civil War veteran, raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth.Father's Day. 
  • Other history states it was first observed in Fairmont, West Virginia on July 5, 1908. It was organized by Mrs. Grace Golden Clayton, who wanted to celebrate the lives of the 210 fathers who had been lost in the Monongah Mining disaster several months earlier in Monongah, West Virginia, on December 6, 1907.
  • US President Calvin Coolidge recommended in 1924 that the day be observed by the nation.

The White Tiger – Korea

Juan Wearing a Monkey Skin – 

One Man and His Precious Cow – Africa

Sim Chung, The Dutiful Daughter – Korea 

The Father of the Family - Norway

The Miller, His Son and Their Donkey

The Princess Who Loved Her Father Like Salt

The Strange Creature – Zimbabwe

If you would like to read a short story about my father, you will find it here:
A Father's Day Story


DLTK.COM - Lots of things to make that special man smile on Father’s Day: Crafts, poems, printables, recipes and songs!

Enchanted Learning

Family Fun - Best Ever Barbecue Apron

RECIPES - Easy recipes children can make to fill up their father's with love!   

Karen Chace  2011 ©
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