Sunday is Father's Day in many parts of the world, the day we show a little extra appreciation for Dad, one of the figures in our lives who helps get us ready for life.
To honor that special person, Google has a special gift for all the fathers and father figures in our lives -- a card tucked into an animated Doodle. Made of colored construction paper and featuring hearts and flowers, the pop-up card appears to come from the heart through the fingers of a kid.
The celebration of fatherhood traces its roots back to 14th-century Europe, but the first observance in the US wasn't held until the early 20th century as a complement to Mother's Day. Inaugurated the same year that we established an official day to celebrate moms, the first Father's Day in the US was held in West Virginia in 1908.
For almost as long as Google has been around, it's livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. Google Doodles have celebrated, among many other things, Pac-Man's anniversary, and , as well as reminding us of lesser-known real-world heroes.
But today we honor the everyday real-world hero in our lives, so take the time to let him know how much you appreciate him and all he does for you.
Happy Father's Day, Dad.