Father’s Day

Pete and Repeat went up the hill.

Pete fell down.

Who was left?

Repeat.

Pete and Repeat went up the hill.

Pete fell down.

Who was left?

Repeat.

Pete and Repeat went up…well, you get the idea.

And that’s what happened with this column.

Printed one week.

The next week passes.

Same one printed again.

And so it goes.

Mea culpa.

Call it Spring Fever.

Call it Sometimers.

(Versus ALL-zheimers).

Or just forget it.

And move on.

What goes around comes around.

Just didn’t plan on it comin’ around so soon.

And that means summertime too.

School’s out.

Temperature’s up.

Days are longer.

People are out and about.

Vacation.

Graduation.

Relocation.

Reunion.

Wedding.

Summer is here.

Well…almost.

Next Sunday makes it official.

June 21st.

Which also happens to be Father’s Day.

According to Wikipedia, the first observance of a “Father’s Day” was July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia.

Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father when, in nearby Monongah, a mining disaster killed 361 men.

It left nearly a thousand fatherless children.

Clayton suggested her pastor Robert Thomas Webb honor all those fathers.

So a special sermon was given and observance was held.

And it went no further.

Then in 1910, a Father’s Day celebration was held in Spokane, Washington, at the YMCA by Sonora Smart Dodd to honor her father.

Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, from Arkansas, was a single parent who raised his six children in Spokane.

After that, the idea started to catch on.

But many feared commercialization would ruin the intent.

Not until 1972 would Father’s Day become a permanent national holiday on the third Sunday in June.

So whether you have one, you are one, or you know one…

Happy Father’s Day

That’s Mason.

James Bradley Robertson, Flossie's grandfather on her mother's side (1)

My great-grandfather, James Bradley Robertson. 

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Mason, TX Square with her canine assistant, Buster.

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