DIFFERENT KINDS OF DADS
It’s been over five years since my dad passed away suddenly. Heart attack. You never get over losing a parent; you simply get used to living without one. I remember the day vividly when I received the call as his next of kin; it shattered my world. My father was not perfect, but my father was a provider and I know he loved me. I am a Daddy’s girl. My love of music, sense of humor, personality, organization and even my handwriting are all from my dad. A lot of who I am is because of my dad. Thank you, Dad.
I love my dad. But Happy Father’s Day to the Other Dads. I want to recognize the men in my life who have also shown up for me in this role. I have four uncles who have stepped up for me in my life in countless ways. I am also blessed to have two godfathers who have always been there for me and the major milestones in my life. These men have my back and are my consultants and protectors. I have always admired their love of God and family, career ambition and commitment to their communities. So, they are truly models for many.
Happy Father’s Day to the Other Dads. I am grateful this tradition continues for my children. I know of so many awesome Other Dads. In my village, there are several “uncles” who look out for my kids. In particular, my kids have someone special in their lives who shows up for them because he shows up for me. Someone who they trust and who considers them. That’s huge for children and their mothers and something we should all appreciate.
So, Happy Father’s Day to the fathers. And Happy Father’s Day to the Other Dads, men and fathers who selflessly show up for children that are not their own. You deserve the very best this weekend and always for all that you do above and beyond for your own children and for others that may not call you dad. We all love and appreciate you more than you know. Happy Father’s Day.
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