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Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson June 5, 2018 13:17

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Father, Father's Day, Daughter.

While there are historical accounts from the early 1900s honoring fathers, it was Lyndon B. Johnson through executive order in 1966, who designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate dads.  But Father’s Day was not actually recognized as a national holiday until 1972 during the Nixon administration.  By contrast, Mother’s Day became an official holiday  nearly 60 years earlier in  1914!

It seems as though someone forgot about dear ol’ dad and the important role he has played throughout history.  Perhaps he was out of sight, out of mind as he spent much of his time in the field or barn, working hard to support his family.  After all, June is as busy a month as any for farm fathers:  shearing sheep, harvesting winter crops such as barley or winter wheat, cutting alfalfa and baling it, milking cows, feeding and caring for other livestock…

 

Melissa Grimmel Schaake listed 11 things that she learned from her dad on their Jarretsville, MD farm.  That list included:

  • Agriculture is the best lifestyle
  • Hard work will reward you
  • Care and compassion
  • Respect
  • Never give up

She also mentions that the best TV station was the weather channel, and driver licenses don’t matter when operating a tractor or farm truck!  I agreed with everything on her list, and thought of other things my father taught me as I was growing up: Sunday was a day of rest (until the cows needed milking),  a simple form of entertainment was taking an early evening drive to check out everybody’s fields, and a little dirt (or manure) won’t kill you.  I wish he was still here so I could enjoy and appreciate his wit and wisdom.

 

As Father’s Day approaches this year,  remember and honor your dad and thank him for what he has taught you.  Spend time with him in the barn or on the tractor and most importantly express some of the things you love and admire about him.  Tell him you’re glad to be his son or daughter.  If you’re a father yourself, think about what you have taught your children and how you can continue to be a good example for them.

 

Simple thanks, simple words, simple gestures – these things are worth more than money can buy.  Happy Father’s Day to all!

 

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

 

Resources:

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/a-brief-history-of-fathers-day/

https://nysipm.cornell.edu/sites/nysipm.cornell.edu/files/shared/documents/the-farmers-year.pdf

https://ranchhousedesigns.com/fathers-day-blog/

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson June 5, 2018 13:17
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