“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me.”
Fathers: a daughter’s first love, and a son’s first hero. Many of us grew up with an admiration of superheroes. Superman, Batman, X-Men, Captain Planet (remember that one?), and included in that category of mythological heroes, were our dads. They were brave; they were strong, they were the protectors of our tiny existence. Fathers are a child’s first influencer. They set hard goals, taught us the tough lessons, coached us through the game of life. In our young eyes, they were invincible. As we’ve grown older and closer to that societal-expected age of marriage and parenting, we come to realize that their invincibility was a mask of their vulnerability. Their perfection was their unwavering love, but they too, felt the fear of the uncertainty of protecting their family. It was that very fear, love, and bravery through sacrifice that created our original superhero. But it was their human imperfection that makes us appreciate them all-the-more. In honor of Father’s Day, we celebrate the OG men in our lives.
Today’s research shows the quality of father-daughter relationship differs from that with a son. As they say, there is no love like the one a daughter has for her father, and that is exactly how Father’s Day was created. In 1909, a woman from Spokane, Washington, named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day (which became a commercial holiday in 1908) for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on June 19, 1910, and former President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.
Father’s Day actually met some controversy when it was first created. Men scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving. It was during the Great Depression that struggling retailers and advertisers intensified their efforts to make Father’s Day a “second Christmas” for men, promoting goods such as neckties, hats, socks, pipes and tobacco, sporting goods, and greeting cards. Today, economists estimate that Americans spend more than $1 billion each year on Father’s Day gifts.
Celebrate with Clique
What do you get your dad when he deserves a beach house in Fiji? Tired of getting him neckties? Does he already own the most recent lawnmower? Let us help!
Treat your dad to a complimentary entree at any of our venues, when you dine with your family!
Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino
2300 Paseo Verde Parkway
Henderson, NV 89052
– Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca ( 702.617.7075 | 11am-2:30pm | 5-10pm)
– Borracha Mexican Cantina ( 702.617.7190 | 12-10pm)
Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa
11011 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89135
– Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar ( 702.797.7344 | 11am-3pm | 5-10pm)
– Libre Mexican Cantina ( 702.797.7609 | 4-10pm)
– Salute Trattoria Italiana ( 702.797.7311 | 5-10pm)