Fathers Day Tribute - Men Who Gave Us Power
By The Power of 3 Women
The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 by President L. B. Johnson. The idea was conceived however, decades earlier. Williams Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise six children on a farm was the inspiration behind proclaiming an official Father's Day.
According to the Census Bureau, the estimated number of fathers across the nation in 2014 was 72.2 Million.The number of fathers living in married couple families with children younger than 18 was 24.6 Million.Dip coming up: The number of single fathers in 2016 living with their children under age 18 was 2.0 million.Seventeen percent of single parents were men. Nine percent were raising three or more children younger than age 18 So, you can see from these relatively late census report, that Fatherhood/Dad's have changed in American homes. My wish is that all children be raised in a home with two loving parents. It makes a significant difference. I was raised in a home with a married couple. They were married for 55 years before my Mother changed her address. Actually, I had a bountiful childhood, with a brother, two sisters, 25+ cousins in the area, four cats, four dogs and baby chicks every Spring. We were raised with lots of space and a lot of love and attention. We never moved from the house my grandfather built when I was three years old. My grandparents who lived further into the rural lived on acreage with a smokehouse, hunting dogs, a cow, chicken coop, a half acre garden and horses.
My Dad, James Saddler, taught us to drive everything with wheels on it. We could drive the family cars. Hunting season was a big, big deal, because only the men/boys went hunting. Well, one year, my Dad took me with my uncles and cousins, and I will never forget that excursion. My Dad was a goodprovider and a really smart man. He owned trucks and was a respected mechanic, But on weekends, he dressed GQ in a suit, cleaned his fingernails and looked utterly handsome even at the Sunday evenings baseball games in his uniform.It was a wonderful world. And all the precious memories throughout the years have been a stabilizing force. Happy Father's Day to all the good men.
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Caption: (L) James Beebe (R) Joseph Beebe, brothers
I’ve watched my husband James, be a father to our three sons; Michael, Donovan and Alexander. As the boys have grown up I have listened to their life stories and each of them views their father different. Yet when they tell their stories of growing up or now being an adult male they will reference “what dad showed me”. James Beebe, the love of my life, the father of our children was a father by example, not so much by verbal lessons. James never missed work, nor did he ever stay home and take sick days. While the children were small, James was the parent for our kids at doctor appointments, violin lessons, soccer games, swim practice and football. He was the dad who always made sure the kids got to whatever and arrived on time. He did all of this while supporting me finding my way in the world of work. Those times were challenging for us and as I look back; those were blessed times of our marriage, raising our kids and building life together. Today, after 33+ years of life together my husband has been what God our Father expects of an earthy father. James has lived by example, faithful to God, commitment to his wife and family with the odds of society against him succeeding. James, has kept his commitments to all that comes with being blessed with the abundance of family.
Today, our children are adults. The two oldest reside in Texas and the youngest in California. They are all fine fathers, husbands, boyfriends and adult men. The women that they have chosen for partners are very lucky, because each of our sons bring a specialness to our lives as parents. As we look at our fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, cousins and friends, do not look through the lenses that society has defined for us. As a colleague in media, Cheryl Smith is known for saying “don’t believe the hype”. Don’t believe the negative images, words or situations created to demoralize, demean or reduce the power of the men that we love. We must create and tell our own success stories of the men in our lives who strive against the odds to care for us as family. As they strive to earn a living and to be a man in a world that continually challenges their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I say we encourage, support and lift up the men in our lives. We can love the men in our lives through the lenses of 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
My father John Samuel Amerson, Sr was drafted to the army at the age of 18, where he served in Japan during WW II. John Sr, took pride in being the provider for his family. 6 children continue the legacy...Athie, John Jr, James, David, Connie, myself grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Love of family was always important.
Dadworked for 30 years until retirement. My father was a Christian and a deacon. Going to church and being active was mandatory in the Amerson household. Dad and Mom loved Christian music. I reflect on music in our home with a piano and organ. We formed a gospel group... sopranos, altos & base among the 6 of us, our late cousin Claudell Smith plus others grew to 10 people. Rehearsals were EVERY Saturday evening. Dad and mom would sit on the front porch listening to us rehearse. Little did we know at that time, the neighbors also, took a seat on the front porch to listen to us rehearse. Dad loved the Church, to sing, eat, watch television, dominoes, ride his 10 speed bicycle daily, and fishing was his favorite past time.
Dad was there for me when I told him I wanted to move to Arlington in 1986. Dad, Mom and James helped me open my own business in Arlington in 1993. We renovated a 7 year vacant space. Dad was a great handyman, mother did her magic with upholstery of my reception chairs, hydraulic chairs, floral wall decor and curtains, while the plumber was James. Dad also taught me to put God first, always be aware of your surroundings, count your money twice, and to not accept just any body as a life partner. He was very proud of me with my career accomplishments and drive. He was married to my mother for 53 years until his transition March 21, 2005. I miss them both.####