FATHER: A SON’S FIRST HERO; A DAUGHTER’S FIRST LOVE.

FATHER: A SON’S FIRST HERO; A DAUGHTER’S FIRST LOVE.

Mother’s Day is celebrated in about 46 countries (though on different dates) including US, UK, India ,Denmark, Finland ,Italy,Turkey,Australia,Mexico,Canada, China ,Japan and Belgium as well as Ghana our beloved country which has made the day a popular affair.

Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to acknowledge their mothers and thank them for all their love and support.

The day has become hugely popular with some countries witnessing phone traffic. There is a tradition of gifting flowers, cards and other forms of gift to mothers on the Mother’s Day. The day has become commercialized to a great extent. Gift sellers, hamper makers see huge business potential in the day and make good money through campaign. Women especially mothers take all the credit for being the best one’s for taking care of their children. The issue of child bearing for nine months comes in when a man has a misunderstanding with a woman. The question, Where were you I conceived the baby for nine good months?

As a result of the emphasis women get for the so-called great job they do, a day has been recognized almost by the entire world. What about the men or fathers?

Wikipedia states that Father’s Day was founded in Spokane Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansa. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910.
Her father, William Jackson Smart the civil war veteran was a single parent who raised six children there. She told her pastor that Fathers should have a day honouring them just like mother’s Day after hearing a sermon about Jarva’s mother’s Day in 1909.

Though she suggested the June 5, her father’s birthday, the pastors didn’t have enough times to prepare their sermons, and the celebration was deferred to the third Sunday of JUNE.

She had the help of trade groups that would benefit most from the holidays, for example the manufacturers of ties, tobacco, pipes and any traditional present to the fathers. Since 1938 she had the help of the father’s day council, founded by the New York associated Men’s Wear Retailers to consolidate and systematize the commercial promotion. It did not have much success initially.

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In the 1920’s , Dodd stopped promoting the celebration because she was studying in the arts institute of Chicago and it faded  into relative gloom, Americans also resisted during a few decades , perceiving it as an attempt by merchants to replicate the commercial success of mother’s day. Newspapers frequently featured cynical and sarcastic attacks and jokes. But the trade groups did not give up: they kept promoting it and even incorporated the jokes into their adverts, and eventually succeeded.

Women are given great attention but our fathers are relegated to the background. They virtually have to beg to get recognition. I describe this as discriminatory. If a mother carried and conceived a baby for nine months, what about the father? Would the women have conceived if the men didn’t render any help? Note this; it’s for me to ask and for you to answer.

Women like to receive attention   no matter the situation.  It is not surprising that they sometimes pass comments like, ‘I’m a woman and needs to be treated with love and care ‘’.  But what happens to what men can do women can do it and even better? Men do know that women have special abilities that make them wonder the sort of creatures they are but then what need to be done must be done.

Our fathers also need the pampering and love. Mother’s shouldn’t be the only benefactors such love and attention. Fathers may look robotic but hey! They need attention more.

Mothers, I don’t the fact that you do good job right from childhood to the adulthood of your children. Single mothers I know you would say ‘I took care of the children when their father was nowhere to be found’. However, what I don’t get is don’t the man in question give a pesewa for even pure water?

Yes! You carried and carry all sorts of goods to sell to make life worth living. You did carry and still that baby or child for several hours at your back, but let’s face facts; FATHERS also go through similar situations. Some mothers neglect their babies without caring where that child might be going through thus if  men or fathers  do so does it not have something to do with the old adage , what a man can do, a woman can do it and even better? I agree that, there are men who don’t take care of their children and spouse under the pretense of not working ( I am a witness to a similar situation)  but bear in mind that there are also women who do same

In as much as mothers do well in caring for their children and other relatives, they may also have bad traits let’s not forget that, we are all not perfect. Fathers are definitely doing the best they can just like our mothers.

Carrying babies at the back is also done by the fathers (men). My dad carried my sister and I’m he did same when I was young. There are fathers who also hawk just to make ends meets for their family. Some leave early in the morning while their children snore comfortably on their bed and come back only to be welcomed by sleeping children too.

Why won’t the mother’s take the praises that they take care and are much closer to their children? How will the man be close to the children when he is working hard to make the family financially stable?

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Fathers take care of their children especially the girls when the wife has passed on or when they are divorced. Fathers even take loans from financial institutions and friends just to finance the education of their children because they are aware the child has something good to offer the family and the nation.

Ironically, many people are aware of when MOTHER’S DAY is celebrated but have not heard about FATHER’S DAY celebration. When one is asked if he or she knows the day or month for Father’s Day, I’m sure many would say ‘I don’t know’ and later ask if there is even such thing as Father’s Day.

It is important that we attach the same importance to Father’s Day and the media should make the nation and the world aware of the celebration and not hype only Mother’s Day and mothers. For there are responsible fathers out there who must be celebrated for the good work they have done and continue to do. Just as every human, they would love it if they are also appreciated for their contributions to making life wonderful.

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Thus, I join in the campaign that the third Sunday in the month of June is FATHERS DAY. In effect, 16 June, 2019 is Father’s Day hence Ghanaians must celebrate that special man or father in their lives.

Ghananewsavenue.com wishes all men a HAPPY FATHER’S DAY CELEBRATON.

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