Del “Abe” Jones
In Nineteen ten in Spokane
Mrs. Dodd started the day
To honor Dads like her own
In a very special way.
Hers was a Civil War Veteran
Who was widowed in childbirth
He raised her and five Brothers
And she knew what Dads were worth.
She went and told her minister
That Dads needed a day, too
Like Moms and to thank them
For all the good things they do.
A State Holiday for years
And some others followed suit
But Congress feared if they proclaimed
It was their own horn, they’d toot.
It took sixty-two years till Nixon
Made it so across the Land
So everyone could celebrate
What Mrs. Dodd had really planned.
The fifth largest greeting card day
To tell Dads what they are worth
For without them, even our Moms
Would have never given Birth.
So, give ol’ Dad a phone call
Or if you can, see him face to face
For like Mom, there’s only one
That you never can replace.
©Copyright June 18, 2006 by Del “Abe” Jones
Author’s Note: I became a Great Grandfather yesterday with the birth of Xavier Jones, 9 pounds six ounces and 21 inches tall. All are doing great in Spokane. I also met Mrs. Dodd and hubby, Bruce when I was a kid as my Grandpa was friends with them. Abe: June 19, 2006