Fathers Day, is a day that we give honor to our Fathers for all they have done to make our lives wonderful. It is a day to show them a little love in return, although they deserve it every day. Fathers Day always falls on the third Sunday in June, so the date usually changes yearly.
Most other Father’s Day traditions remain the same. Many people send their Dad a card, or small gift that shows their love. Kids lovingly share their handmade cards with Dad. Many simply call home to honor Dad.
Others use this day, as a day to get the entire clan together. Dad, Grandpa, Gramps, Fathers-in-Law, or any man in the family with kids, is celebrated. A great meal and gab time are a sure bet!
Stories abound - share YOUR story about YOUR Dad below! (coming soon!)
I Love this video about Dad's!!
This is a picture of my Dad in 1954, before I was born. He was known as 1st LT Smith of the 11th Airborne Division in the U.S. Army. He was a pilot and a helicopter pilot and served one year in the Korean War and did two tours in Vietnam. You can see some flying pictures of him on my Memorial Day Page.
My parents live close by me, and they celebrated their 72nd Wedding Anniversary in 2022. I've always appreciated the fact that I was raised in a great Christian home, and had a great example of what family life should be. One of the things that I think is really unique, is that whenever they leave each other, even if it is just a quick trip to the store, they always give each other a kiss goodbye!
My Dad is awesome and has helped me out so many times over the years, that I've lost track of. I don't know how many times he has helped me move, or all the times that he has slipped me extra money when he knew that times were tough or came over and taken care of my pets when I've had to go out of town! (Sorry about that chewed up sprinkler system that my dogs, Jewel & Dakota were responsible for!!)
One of the things that I will always be indebted to my Dad, has been how he stepped up and helped with my kids after I divorced and moved to Roseville from Truckee in 1999. I think he attended most of my kids' sports events, so they always knew that they had a cheering squad in the crowds, if I couldn't get off work. Before my kids could drive, he helped with transportation to school as I had two kids in two different schools starting and ending at two different times. Those before school waterpolo practices would have been the death of me - and he always brought a huge healthy breakfast for Ryan to eat afterwards.
Thanks for being a "Great Dad"....I Love You!!
I think that Harry Chapin's son, Cats in the Cradle about a Father-Son relationship has touched a lot of people over the years. It is, I am sure a very difficult song for those who have not had an "Ideal Father" to listen to. The story is about a Dad who was too busy to spend time with his son, while his son, was growing up, and then once he retired and had the time to spend with his son, his son was too busy for him. The version of this song below, has interviews of Harry Chapin's widow (he died at 38), and his son Josh added before the song.
This sad cycle can be prevented! It takes two to have a relationship, and often the words "I'm Sorry" or "I Forgive You" or "I Love You", are some of the hardest words to say. I believe it is difficult to have a great relationship without spending quality time together. Kids crave "Dad Time"! If you have Kids, please find the time to spend time with them...I have seen first hand, the heartbreak of kids whose Dad's were too busy to spend time with them.
Make Fathers Day a day that you spend quality time with your kids! (You can golf or take that fishing trip with your buddies, some other day!)
A new lifestyle solution to adopt, is to share your Fathers Day celebration with a fatherless family. There are many kids who are fatherless! Divorce, death, deadbeat, or serving our country! Adopt a fatherless family to share your Fathers Day celebration and let them share their Dad stories or become a part of yours!
Another way that you can help is by becoming involved with one of the many great Truckee Non-profit Organizations, especially those whose goal is to help families and children.
When we first moved back to Roseville from Truckee, our neighborhood was brand new and everyone moved in at pretty much the same time. My son has never met a stranger, so we soon knew the neighbors. We had some great guys on our street that were totally into sports, and I always appreciated the fact that they always invited Ryan to come down and play when they were playing sports outside with their own kids! It also gave me a break!
My brother, Scott Smith, grilling for a family get together.
My sister, Kerry Bacon, who has a Science Degree in Dietetics and has created a website called "Healthy Diet Habits", will be helping me with this section and giving advice on how to prepare Healthy Holiday Meals! The info. below is from her!
Your family traditions may be a bit different but most of us prepare "Dad friendly meals" full of "dude food". These are foods that men love! You know what I’m talking about. Meat, meat, meat! Fire up the barbeque, and Dad will be happy. Give him a variety of his favorite meats and he will be in hog heaven, whatever that is. Most meals that are dad-friendly are also a carbohydrates love fest: barbeque meat, potato salad, macaroni salad, corn, baked beans, garlic bread, and maybe a pie for dessert. I am stuffed just thinking of this combination.
Let’s give Dad a few new favorites, to add to his Dude Food repertoire, that are healthy additions. Would it be possible to prepare a great meal that included meat, healthy grains, and a plate half full of veggies and fruit, like the USDA recommends for healthy meals? The answer is yes! Here is a generic meal plan that you can fill in with your Dad’s favorite love foods! I have included my meal of choice too!
This will be a healthy delicious meal that everyone will enjoy. It is easy, which is a plus. I can have everything made the day before, which is the only way to entertain! Delicious "dude food" that is sure to be loved by all. Let the praise ring out for the Dad’s in our lives, and the great meals that we can create to honor them!
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