Posted on 06/16/2017 at 12:00 AM by Dena Boelter
Although Father’s Day has been celebrated all over the world for centuries, most recognize it to have begun as a Catholic Holiday celebrated March 19th as St Joseph’s Day. It wasn’t until 100 years ago that people began to celebrate in the United States. In 1966 Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers and Richard Nixon signed in to law the third Sunday in June as a permanent national holiday in 1972.
This weekend we will celebrate our Father figures and loved ones that have influenced our lives. I’ve reached out to our staff to share something they learned from their father (or father figure). Here’s what they had to say:
“He taught that family comes first and I’m lucky enough to get to work with my family.
Also, taught me that eventually you will run out of loads if you don’t keep booking so book it up!” - Andrew Hummer (Photo)
“My Father’s Day memories would be from my grandfather. He was a botanist and the Parks Commissioner in Cedar Rapids, IA for many years. From a young age, I learned the scientific names for trees and how to spot what kind they are by looking at the leaves. He also taught me how to do woodworking, use a table saw, change a tire and helped me make many home-made items and win ribbons for 4-H. He taught my sister how to play poker and drink beer and I learned how to play hostess to six elderly, drunk guys playing hold em’ on a Saturday night. He had the best phrases that I thought were so funny as a kid but as I have grown older, I realized he had the best dirty sense of humor (I inherited that too and will omit some of his better one liners) We would be ready to go swimming and he’d holler up the stairs to grandma after she asked where we were going and yell “Don’t you worry about it Betsy, I’m going swimming with bow legged women…” - Andrea Prymek
“Years and years ago my Dad and I were remodeling my Grandmother’s rental house that used to be the old shower facilities for the high school sports team. I notice he was using a hammer to put screws into the base flooring and I asked him why? My Dad looked at me as said, “Those Phillips heads are for removing screws!” I have never forgotten that conversation. “ - Greg Edwards
“My Dad taught me, or showed me throughout life to never give up on something you have a major passion for.” - Jacob Brummer (photo below)
“My dad… what an incredible man! He taught me how to climb trees, ride horses, change my oil, drive a stick, ride dirt bikes/4 wheelers, play bar dice, and all the toasts a girl could ever need. He taught me to love being outside, to not be afraid to get dirty, and my love of animals. He taught me to know when to speak my mind and when to hold my tongue. To always be fair, never take advantage, and help those in need. He taught me to work hard and cherish every moment spent with friends and family. He taught me to laugh, always forgive, be patient, have faith, and most importantly to love unconditionally. This is my favorite time of year because as hard as I try to ALWAYS show my appreciation; Father’s Day is a whole day that we get to spend celebrating dad! I’ll leave you with his favorite toast: 'Here’s to it, from it and to it again. If you ever get to it to do it and don’t, you’ll never get to it to do it again. So – here’s to it.'" - Sadie Passmore
Post compiled by Sadie Passmore, Blog Committee Member and Customer Service Team Member