DAD OFTEN RUNS SECOND to Mom come holiday time, but today, according to Google, the father is “#1.”
On its search homepage Sunday, Google celebrates Father’s Day with a charming animated Doodle in which the bespectacled “L” of a dad receives his piping-hot morning beverage (complete with a Dad is “#1” mug) via remote-control car from his beloved chair-hiding spawn of an “E” (who pops out to see Pops).
The short animation is reminiscent of last month’s embraceable Mother Day’s Doodle, in which the “O’s” in “Google” popped through a door to hug the “g”-shaped mom.
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Fathers, of course, are accustomed to running second to Mom. A century ago, in fact, when both parental holidays were trying to gain traction, it was a florist who summed it up best at the time, according to History.com, saying of the difference in emotional resonance: “Fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.”
It was July 19, 1910, when Washington state heralded the first Father’s Day. But it would take some 62 years until it became a national holiday — or, perhaps more telling, 58 years after President Woodrow Wilson gave Mother’s Day such national status. That’s a lot of missed neckties and coffee mugs.
(That first Washington state holiday, by the way, was sparked by Sonora Smart Dodd, a Spokane daughter of a widower who raised six kids, says History.com.)
So remember the “also-ran” that is Dad today, whether you do it in person or in memory, by phone or by remote.
Happy animated Father’s Day.
Comic Riffs’ TOP TEN ‘GOOGLE DOODLE’ ANIMATIONS EVER (*before today):
1. PAC-MAN: VIDEO-GAME GOOGLE
2. GOOGLE BALLS: THE MYSTERY DOODLE
3. JOHN LENNON: IMAGINE THIS DOODLE
4. MARTHA GRAHAM: THE DANCING DOODLE
5. FREDDIE MERCURY: THE MUSIC VIDEO
6. JIM HENSON: THE CLICKABLE MUPPETS
7. ART CLOKEY: THE “GUMBY DOODLE”
8. JULES VERNE: THE DEEP-SEA DOODLE
9. STANISLAW LEM: THE ANIMATED SCI-FI GAME
10. VALENTINE’S DAY: THE “COLD, COLD HEART” DOODLE