The efforts to establish a day to celebrate fathers did not meet with much enthusiasm when it was first suggested –perhaps because, as some speculated, “fathers don’t have the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a church in West Virginia held a special service to honor 362 men – 250 of them fathers – who had died in a mining accident months earlier, but it was a one-time event and not an official holiday. The next year, Sonora Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, attempted to initiate the equivalent of Mother’s Day for dads. She went to local Spokane churches, the YMCA, merchants and government representatives to garner support, and it worked: Washington State observed a statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910. Slowly, the holiday made its way to other states. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge encouraged state governments to celebrate Father’s Day.” However, many men scoffed and rejected the idea, thinking in not masculine to receive sentimental gifts, especially flowers. It took decades, but in 1972, President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday. Since then, the day has grown to a nearly $1 billion dollar gift-giving event.
This year, think outside the usual coffee cups and neckties, and get Dad something truly memorable – for instance, how about buying Dad dinner? But not just any dinner – City Line Florist has gourmet meals that will rival any five-star restaurant. Lobster and filet mignon, with a full complement of delicacies from appetizer to dessert, will spoil Dad’s taste buds. If Dad has an office, consider adding one of our beautiful green plants to your gift. Green plants are appropriate for any space, and not only have sophisticated aesthetic value but will improve air quality for months to come.
Your Dad is special and deserves a special gift. Browse our website or stop in to discuss ways that you can surprise Dad in a good way this year. On June 19th, give him something unexpected from City Line Florist.