Dads, today it’s all about you.
In honor of Father’s Day, we asked our readers to share some of their memorable moments with their children, the fathers of their children or childhood memories of their own dads.
Moms tend to get a lot of attention in this world – Mother’s Day just celebrated its 100th anniversary as a U.S. holiday in May while fathers have been officially feted for a mere 42 years (the governor of Washington state proclaimed the first father’s day in 1910, but the rest of the nation didn’t give dad his due for 62 more years). But there are a lot of great dads out there who deserve their props, too.
So pour a cup of coffee and enjoy Father’s Day by reading the following anecdotes sent in by our readers:
– Charles Simmons, Turlock
– Sherrill Smith, Modesto
– Vahl Clemensen, Modesto
– Adele Gonzaga, Ripon
– Donna Wetherington, Oakdale
– ColleenRose Mastagni, Modesto
– Beth Gundlach, Modesto
– Don Brock, Oakdale
– Becky Speer, Modesto
We drove east to Highway 1, then headed south to Ano Nuevo State Reserve, home to one of the largest elephant seal rookeries in the world. The walk from the parking lot to the viewing area – mostly on a wooden walkway – is gorgeous. As one nears the ocean, the cacophony from the seals becomes deafening. Just before we reached the viewing area, I pointed out a seal carcass in the dunes about 30 yards away. Marit was mesmerized by it, wanting to know why it was there, what caused the seal to die and what would happen to the carcass. She got one of her answers immediately as a seagull glided down, stood on the carcass, pecked at it, and flew off with a large piece in its beak.
“Look, Daddy, (it) took a chunk!” said Marit, in a gleeful yet matter-of-fact sort of way. I just started laughing and Marit joined in. Thereafter, the phrase “took a chunk” became a huge cliché in our family, adapted liberally to almost any silly situation or conversation.
– Marc Medefind, Merced