by Loree Lough and Cerella Sechrist
Father's Day Trivia: For starters, it’s an old holiday that dates back some 4,000 years ago, when a boy named Elmesu carved “Good health and a long life” to his Babylonian dad…on a card made of clay.
Most of us are most familiar with the not-so-secret competition between Anna Jarvis—inspired by a rousing sermon to promote an official, annual Mother’s Day celebration—and Sonora Louise Smart Dodd, who thought “What’s good for the moms should be good for the dads!” Dodd pushed and prodded until she gained the support of Spokane, Washington’s YMCA helped put its first Father’s Day celebration on the calendar on June, 19, 1910.
Not to be outdone, several presidents lent their support to the festivities. Woodrow Wilson approved the idea in 1916, followed by Calvin Coolidge in 1924, Lyndon Johnson—who signed a proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as “Father’s Day” across the U.S., underscored in 1972 by Richard Nixon, who established a permanent national observance of the day. Sonora Dodd was honored for her inspiration and contribution at the 1974 World’s Fair in Spokane—at the age of 94.
What’s the most popular Father’s Day gift? You guessed it: TIES! Coil one into a rosette, and you’ve given two gifts in one, because the rose is the official Dad flower.
If you haven’t repeated this famous Mark Twain ‘papa’ quote, you’ll no doubt recognize it: “When I was a boy of 14, I thought my father was so ignorant, I could barely stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in 7 years!”
What would a Cerella and Loree blog post be without a couple of family-tested, dad-pleasing recipes? The ones below feature single dads from our stories - Noah Preston from Saving Alyssa in Loree's "A Child to Love" trilogy and Connor Callahan from Harper's Wish in Cerella's "Findlay Roads" series.
Make sure you read past the recipes and to the end of the post to find out how to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
CERELLA SECHRIST lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. Inspired by her childhood love of stories, she was ten years old when she decided she wanted to become an author. These days, Cerella divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. She’s been known to post too many pug photos on both Instagram and Pinterest. You can see for yourself by finding her online at www.cerellasechrist.com. Harper’s Wish, Book #1 in her Findlay Roads series, is her third Harlequin Heartwarming novel.