This Father's Day blog post is a repost from previous Father's Day posts from this blog with minor updates. Enjoy!
Happy 112th Father's Day (and Fatherhood Day) America! Sunday, June 20, 2021
~~ Pope John XXIII (Latin: Ioannes XXIII), born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (Italian pronunciation: [ˈandʒelo dʒuˈzɛppe roŋˈkalli]; 25 November 1881 – 3 June 1963), reigned from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963. (photo above right, boy with hand-made gift for his dad, courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com)
"My father could have been a great comedian but he didn't believe that was possible for him. So he made a conservative choice. Instead he got a 'safe job' as an accountant, and when I was 12 years old he was let go from that safe job. Our family had to do whatever we could to survive...I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love."
~~ Jim Carrey, Award winning actor, comedian, children's book author, philanthropist, on how his late father inspired him to follow his dreams. Quote taken from his speech at a recent Maharshi University Management Class of 2014 in Fairfield, Iowa, and received an honorary doctorate for his achievements as a comedian, artist, author, and philanthropist. (Photo,You Tube video screen capture; Full speech at http://youtu.be/ajMpfPYlHi4)
I use to update this post every year with Google's doodle for FD - it may or may not be updated this year. (see below)
Many countries celebrate it on the third Sunday of June, but it is also celebrated widely on other days.
This year, Google's animated Father's Day doodle by doodler, Olivia Huynh, intends to characterize the “universality of familial love.” In 2013, Google celebrated Father's Day with an interactive doodle that shows dads in many different roles with simple clicks. IN 2014, Google's doodle celebrated Father's Day and World Cup with an adorable doodle moustached dad with the letter O (this was one of my faavorites).
While I'm at it, I have to share a photo of my Grandfather (Angelo Buono) circa about 1908 with a similar moustache like Google doodle. Born in Naples, Italy my grandmother would tell me stories of how he became an engineer and seeked a better life by immigrating to the U.S. Around 7 years later, 1915, he moved to New York, NY and opened a fruit and produce business on Arthur Avenue, the Bronx's Little Italy. The business stayed in the family for over 80 years (1915 - late 1990's).
Did you know that "Father's Day" was created to complement Mother's Day, a celebration that honors mothers and motherhood. In addition to Father's Day, International Men's Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19 for men and boys who are not fathers.
Here are more photos of my grandfathers - Imperati and Buono - Hard working ntrepreneurs, they came to the USA for a better life, and to start families - both sides had 8 children; I would not be here without them. It was never about money but surviving and providing a better life for the family. Love you guys. I pray, and thank my lucky stars every day.
Photo left, my mom's dad Andrea Imperati, standing in the middle - his mother would live to 103 years old - she would still pick fruit and vegetables from her garden. He and my grandmother, Elvira Travaglina, would have 4 girls, 4 boys (living to see 3 predecease him)
For those of us whose dads are no longer with us, (an estimate of about 100 million folks in the U.S.A.) and for the many more who still have their dad, there are so many things to do to keep his memory in your heart. Do things that your dad loved and things that brought out the best as well as visiting your dad's friends and family.(photo left courtesy of freedigitalphotos.com)
I have so many fond memories as a child with my dad and other family members at the Jersey Shore that I was inspired to write a short story in memory of my dad, “The Painting Ballerina".
The short story (published in 1999) was about a young girl by the sea who with the help of her animal friends, creates a new art form “ paint-dancing.”
TESTAMENT TO ALL FATHERS AND VETERANS OF THE U.S.A.
Enjoy this article originally written years ago and updated and reprinted a few times in a local Il Progresso about my late dad and his fellow veteran brothers who served WWII with honors.
WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING DIFFERENT THIS FATHER'S DAY?
NTEN, a membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. This is great especially for all you digital, tech geeks out there.
What things do (or did) your dad enjoy? Are you planning anything special this Father's Day?
Lovingly and appropriately, I did things that my dad enjoyed this FD weekend -- dining out at fine restaurants with friends and having lots of laughs throughout the event. Here's a few photos posted on Facebook - Ladies Night Out to celebrate birthdays of Helen and Rosann.
Things to do and other resources for Father’s Day:
•http://www.fatherhood.gov/pledge Take the Fatherhood Pledge
• http://parade.condenast.com/303824/leahingram/10-freebies-for-fathers-day-2014/ 10 Freebies for Father's Day
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father's_Day Father's Day on Wikipedia
This blog posting is a re-post from previous Father's Day blog posts from the AllThingsDigitalMarketing.com blog.