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Visit Dad on special day

Today is Father’s Day, a day to commemorate and celebrate the man who was once the biggest and strongest guy you knew, a real superhero who made sure there were no monsters hiding under your bed or in the closet when it was time to say goodnight.

Dad was the one who watched you take your first steps and then, just a short time later it seemed, encouraged you to step out on your own to take on the world.

He taught you how to stand on your own two feet.

It was your father who gave you a push and tried to keep you from falling when you were learning to ride your new bicycle, and he was the one who reluctantly handed over the keys to the car when you got your driver’s license and wanted to test your wings.

It was Dad who waited up late on date night, checking his watch with regularity as the minutes ticked by and you still weren’t home, and he was the one who walked you down the aisle on your wedding day.

He was the one who taught you how to fish, how to hit a baseball and how to change a tire. He was always the first one you called when you ran low on cash, when the plumbing broke or you just needed advice from someone who had been there and done that.

Yes, your father has been there for you in so many ways through the years.

Please don’t give him an ugly tie.

In fact, what Dad might like most of all today is a little of your time. Drop by to visit or give him a call — without asking for money. Tell him how much you appreciate all the things he’s done for you.

Give your dad a hug — contrary to popular belief, fathers do like attention.

And today is also a good time to remember any other men who have acted as father figures in your life — a stepfather, uncle, grandfather or “big brother” — someone who was there when you needed him.

Sonora Dodd is credited with coming up with the concept of Father’s Day back in 1909. She wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a Civil War veteran who was widowed and trying to raise six children.

Although President Calvin Coolidge supported the idea of a national Father’s Day in 1924, it wasn’t until 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day, history tells us. President Nixon signed the law, which finally made it a permanent observance in 1972.

So, Father’s Day hasn’t really been around all that long, which is a shame when you consider how much our dads have done for us. The least we can do is set aside one day a year for them.

Today is that day. Don’t let it pass without telling your father — that all-time superhero — how much you care about him.

Thanks, Dad.

Happy Father’s Day.