Three Heartwarming Stories on Father’s Day


“This Civil War veteran fathered six children. Sadly, his wife passed away in childbirth with the last child, leaving Smart to raise the whole brood on his own—and he obviously did it well. When his daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd, grew up, she heard a sermon for the newly created Mother’s Day holiday, and pressed the Spokane Ministerial Alliance for a similar holiday in honor of fathers, suggesting her own father’s birthday, June 5th, as the date for the holiday. The Alliance agreed, but designated the holiday for the third Sunday of June, when it’s been celebrated ever since.”[i]


by Kay Lockridge, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“The little Cessna had just cleared the pattern in its climb to 1,500 feet when my father said, ‘OK, we can land now.’ With my newly minted private pilot’s license in hand, I had wanted him to be my first non-instructor passenger. I’d planned to circle the Michigan State University campus and come back to the university‑owned airport. I reminded him of this, and I’ll never forget what Dad said, more than 40 years ago: ‘I’m not fond of small planes. I just wanted you to know that I have confidence in you.’”[ii]


by Carmen Mariano, Braintree, Massachusetts

“I sat in my dad’s living room reading one night while he watched television. An hour passed before I realized it, and I felt bad for not speaking during that time. I asked if he was OK, and he said yes. Then I apologized for not talking more. ‘Carmen,’ Dad replied. ‘Talking is like ketchup. If you like the meat enough, you don’t need the ketchup—and if you like the company enough, you don’t need the conversation.’ My dad never earned a college degree, but he was the smartest person I ever knew.”[iii]



[iii] Ibid.

Photo is property of George Ro Photography

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