The Nelson family: (l-r) Ozzie, David, Harriet and Ricky, Feb. 11, 1959. (GORDON WALLACE )
Every day is Father's Day -- or should be. But this year at least, it looks as if Dad is in for a bigger haul than usual.
The National Retail Federation says spending on Father's Day gifts this year should hit about $12.7 billion, up 10% from last year. For those keeping score, that means the Big Guy is in for an average $117 goodie.
That seems a tad pricey to this particular pop, who frequently sees his worth reflected in a new pair of argyle socks. But whatever.
According to Consumer Reports, gadgets (not argyle socks) will be a going concern this year, with tablets and smartphones topping many shoppers' lists.
But here's my question: How come Mom basks in more material love than Dad? The retail federation says spending on Mother's Day this year hit $18.6 billion, or a whopping $6 billion more than what dads will take in.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but unless you're the Virgin Mary, there'd be no Mother's Day without a little assist from the Father's Day side of things. (Yes, yes, I know: Nine months of pregnancy is a big deal, but we're there every step of the way, pretty much.)
But here's what really burns. Mother's Day has been a national holiday since Woodrow Wilson signed it into law in 1914. Yep, we've been officially honoring Mom for almost a century.
As for Dad, he didn't get his day in the national sun until Richard Nixon made Father's Day the law of the land in -- wait for it -- 1972. Seriously, almost 60 years had to pass before anyone realized that Dad deserved a day as well?
Bitter? Me? Nah.
A sock by any other name would smell as sweet. Or something like that.