Happy Father’s Day to all those dads out there this weekend! Having three wonderful children of my own, Father’s Day brings me so much joy and fulfillment. On this day, I’d like to encourage fathers to view the world through the eyes of their children. Kids see the world through a wondrous lens that’s full of imagination, creativity and, most important, fun!
Father’s Day was created in 1909 by Sonora Dodd, a daughter who was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon and decided to create such a day for her own dad, a widowed Civil War vet who raised his six children on his own. In this light, we’ve seen the role of dear old dad shifting. Currently, there are about 70 million fathers in the U.S., about 2 million of those are single fathers, and 176,000 were “stay-at-home” dads in 2011. These married fathers with children younger than 15 have remained out of the labor force to care for upwards of 332,000 children for at least one year while their wives work outside the home.
This Father’s Day is particularly special for me because I will be attending the U.S. Open golf tournament with my father and my son, Luke. I met my father when I was 30 years old and we’ve created a bond through golf, a sport for which we share a common passion. Through I did not have a relationship with him growing up, seeing my son share time with him allows me to imagine what it might have been like when I was young. We’ve shared so many special moments these past years reconnecting and watching my son grow, and I’m looking forward to creating more of these memories as we spend time bonding over this weekend of golf.
On this special day, take the time to go back to that time of childlike wonder and fun, and cherish the moments spent with your fathers and children.