Shouldn’t every day be Father’s Day?
Believe it or not, it was not until 1972, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson made Mother’s Day official, that Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday in the United States. There are more than 70 million fathers in the U.S. – but celebrating the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm as Mother’s Day – perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” Both with fathers working to support their families, sometimes in dangerous positions such as coal-mining, it was finally decided that dads needed to be honored.
Back in 1909, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.
The Jaffarian family has a strong history of honoring our fathers and following in their footsteps. As many of you probably know, we are four generations in the automotive business—my grandfather, my father, me and my brother Mark (and my late brother, Paul) and my son, Gavin. Toyota service customers also see my daughter Mara!
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t forget my father and grandfather and the opportunity they presented for me to work in a family business with integrity. It is from my grandfather and my own father that I learned the value of hard work, doing the right thing and giving back to our community. I believe we all have the same Jaffarian work ethic!
Most people know that there is nothing more important than family. I ask all children reading this to take the time to honor your fathers this Sunday, June 15 and thank your dad for the work he performs each day as both a parent and worker. Let your dad know how special he is, particularly for those with older fathers. After all, someday you may not have the opportunity to tell them.
Try to spend the day with your dad, doing what he loves to do – whatever that may be – boating, golfing, working on a car, hiking, watching sports (even a golf match). What you do together is not as important as just being together. Dads, enjoy you day! You deserve it!
Happy Father’s Day!