June Blog: 2021 - Let’s talk Summer
Hello and welcome to this month’s blog. Summer is here and wow do we know it – soaring temperatures and a wealth of stunning colours around us. The recent rain has really given my garden a boost and roses, peonies and lavender are in full bloom.
The downside to this glorious weather, for me anyway, is making cakes. I spent one day last week making a wedding cake with three tiers – cake designing, and hot weather are not the ideal companions. However, I am not one to baulk at a challenge and the resultant cake was every bit as wonderful as the couple had envisioned.
This month welcomes Father’s Day to the stage and while sipping my cup of Safi coffee I got to wondering where the idea had originated and why, despite my best efforts it is sometimes not celebrated as much as Mother’s Day.
Firing up the laptop, I made another pot of Safi Coffee, got myself comfy and started reading. As always, I do hope that you enjoy reading what I found out.
Mother’s Day has been celebrated for hundreds of years, but that is not the case for Father’s Day.
Founded in Arkansas, Texas
It’s thought that the day made its appearance in the USA and there are several stories as to who made it happen. The most popular concerns a woman called Sonora Louise Smart whose own mother had died in childbirth leaving her father to bring up the family.
Senora was born in Sebastian County, Arkansas in 1882. She was16 when her mother died and as the only daughter of six children, she was responsible for helping her father raise the other children.
In 1909, Senora was in church and listening to a talk about Mother’s Day – she held her own father in great esteem and couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a Father’s Day, so she determined to make it happen.
She was a quick worker and after gaining the support of the local clergy it is believed that the 19th of June 1910 was the very first, although unofficial, Father’s Day.
The idea spread but it wasn’t until 1966 that the US President, Lyndon B Johnson decided that Father’s Day would be celebrated on the third Sunday in June. Six years later it was signed into law by President Richard Nixon.
Bringing a day to celebrate all fathers did not meet