Father’s day

Society has tried to create a mold into which the idealistic father is supposed to fit into. Fathers come in all different forms in someone’s life—whether it be a biological father, step-father, grand-parent or a trusted guardian. 
No matter the case, June 16 is a day of celebration, and remembrance, for these fatherly figures in our lives.          
The definition of a father, according to Merriam-Webster, is “A male parent.” 
In truth, fathers are much more than just a parent. They are people who lift us up when we are down, who give us advice, and sometimes, just give us a hug when we need one. 
The origin of Father’s Day begins in 1909 with Sonora Dodd, a woman who wanted to have an occasion to celebrate her unselfish father who had done so much for her and her five siblings. 
Dodd realized all her father had done for the family after her mother had died in childbirth and he was left to raise the children on his own volition. 
In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed that the third Sunday of June was to be dedicated to the devoted fathers, but it was not until 1972 that President Richard Nixon declared it a national holiday.
“Want to hear a joke about paper? Never mind, it’s tear-able!” 
Fathers never seem to be short of life lessons and terrible “Dad jokes” that always seem to be tucked away, ready to be pulled out whenever they feel like they need to be said. 
For example, the classic “Go ask your mother” and “When I was your age” seem to become some of the quintessential phrases that are always used. 
These are normally followed with the rolling of eyes and a slight chuckle, but also knowing that these jokes and sayings are things that one would never want to give up. 
Even though many celebrate this day with the fatherly figure in their lives, many are also somber because they are remembering the memories that they had with their father instead of thinking of the future endeavours that they will experience together. 
There are moments when people stop and think about what their father might have said in an instance, where they smell a certain scent and remember their Dad’s cologne, or even sit back and reminisce about when “Pa” would read to them in the rocking chair.  
Memories, lessons and ideas are the only things they have to hold onto, but they cherish these each day. 
Words could never describe the feelings and appreciation that are brought upon fathers throughout the year, but the celebration of this one day helps to express the gratitude that many people feel. 
This is a “thank you” for always making our day, being there when we stumble, and going out of your way to make sure we have what we need. Thank you for all that you do. 
In honor of this day, here are some Dad jokes to make the day more special: 
“How does a penguin build its house? Igloos it together.”
“Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was outstanding in his field.”
“Want to hear a  joke about construction? I’m still working on it.”
“I wouldn’t buy anything with velcro. It’s a total rip-off.”