This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day in the U.S. Whether you’re honoring your dad in a waste-free way, cooking him something fresh and healthy to eat or just sitting down together to reminisce, here are some very cool dads — please note anyone else!
Most of all, wishing you and your dads (and my own — Happy Father’s Day, Dad!) a wonderful day together.
1. Abraham Lincoln
The 16th president of the U.S. had four sons and has been described as a doting father, allowing his children free run of the White House and even stopping cabinet meetings for them (qualities suggested in Steven Spielberg’s movie which shows Lincoln piggybacking his son, Willie, off to bed). Sadly, only one of his children, Robert Todd Lincoln, lived to adulthood.
Photo via Wikimedia Commons
2. William Jackson Smart
An American Civil War veteran, Smart raised his six children on his own in Spokane, Washington, after the death of his wife in childbirth — yes, even in the “olden days,” dads stepped up to the plate to take care of their kids. Smart’s oldest and only daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd, created Father’s Day in honor of him, after hearing about the newly invented Mother’s Day.
Photo via Phil Downey/Flickr
3. Dick Hoyt
1,091. That is the number of races that 72-year-old Dick Hoyt and his 51-year-old son, Rick, have completed together. Rick was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy in 1962. After the father and son team completed their first 5-mile race in 1977, Rick told his father “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.” So began their participation in marathons, duathlons and triathlons (including the Ironman) together. Talk about a team!
Photo via Drew Bennett/Flickr
4. Rick Cass
On July 3 of 2009, 19-year-old Jamie Neale decided to go for a 10-mile hike in New South Wales’s Blue mountains wearing only light clothing and without his cell phone. He was not seen for twelve more days, during which he ate seeds and leaves and slept under logs for warmth. A huge rescue operation ensued until Neale chanced upon two walkers. While Cass joked that Neale had done something not so very smart, his honest joy shows that he knew what was most important. As he said to reporters: “I was like a lunatic. My boy’s been found! My boy’s been found!”
Photo of Blue Mountains via Emma Goodard/Flickr
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