It’s the thought that counts

Published 3:40 pm Saturday, June 20, 2009

There’s a good chance it’s happening all around us.

Fathers in every state and in every town are unwrapping polo shirts, firing up the barbecue, or being treated to a ball game.

Today marks another Father’s Day, an occasion first held on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Wash.

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According to, President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day in 1924, but it was President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 who signed the proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.

Father’s Day, one can argue, has weakened in value over the years because of the mass commercialism that is now surrounding it.

Restaurants offer free rootbeer floats, while some golf course’s offer free golf.

Commercialism is the same reason some detest Valentine’s Day, shy away from Mother’s Day and even minimize what they do when it comes to Christmas.

This debate should be a no-brainer, though.

Stores have every right to promote any holiday they want. And there are a lot of holidays, dozens celebrated in the United States each year.

And consumers, of course, have the right to choose how they want to celebrate an occasion, whether that includes purchasing a gift or not.

Some families prefer a home-cooked meal and a simple thank you.

That tradition is probably what Mrs. John B. Dodd of Washington had in mind when she first proposed the idea of Father’s Day in 1909.

The bottom line is, it’s not the way we celebrate fathers that’s as important as remembering to celebrate them in the first place.

Before he died, music icon Roy Orbison was asked how he would like his fans to remember him. He responded, ā€œIā€™d just like to be remembered.ā€

The same holds true for Father’s Day.

It’s not about how many polo shirts we buy, but that we take the time and effort to tell the dads in our lives how much we appreciate them.