Happy Fathers Day, Daddy
Recently, I forgave my father for his years of emotional and verbal abuse, which regrettably, stayed with me for far too many years. Through self-awareness and self-love, I l learned not to let this abuse define ME.
A new gift, Forgiveness, empowers me to discard the baggage of an unhappy childhood; and, I sincerely and with a loving heart for the first time in my life can say, “Happy Fathers Day, Daddy, Rest in Peace (RIP 1978).”
Happy Fathers Day, Hubby
To the love of my life, the father of my children, and my bestest, bestest friend ever, I honor you as a father. You exceeded my expectations both as a father and husband. There are so many things that show your love, dedication, and commitment to our children. But, I am most proud of your:
- undertaking the responsibility to wash our babies soiled cotton diapers, which I hated to do, those many, many years ago.
- choosing to further your education. You were a high-school dropout when we married. But through hard work, perseverance and the desire to succeed, you went on to obtain a GED, which was folioed by earning both Bachelor and Master degrees at a top-ten university. You did all of this to provide a better life for your children.
- agreeing to a long-distance, commuter marriage for two years so that I could provide full-time child care for our eldest daughter to complete her medical residency and fellowship training programs.
- relocating from the city we lived in for more than thirty years, to assist our eldest daughter in setting up her medical practice. You worked diligently for more than sixteen years to build a successful health care practice that allows our three adult children to work together in our family-owned business.
- writing your memoirs and publishing a book to record different stages of your life, which will serve as a reminder to our children, grandchildren, and future generations about their familial roots.
Happy Fathers Day, Son:
To my one and only son, my Halloween Baby, I honor you on this Fathers Day. There were times, as a child, when I thought you may have been my “trick” but, I always knew you would evolve and become one of my greatest “treats.” First, I commend you for your efforts in reconnecting with your adult son, Ethan, who I value and love dearly as my first grandchild.
But most of all, as a the full-time, sole custodial parent of your five-year-old daughter, your strong parenting skills dispels the myth about the failures of African-American fathers.
In fact, you are a phenomenal father. This is most demonstrated by your ability to easily transition between the dual parental roles that requires you to provide both “paternal and maternal nurturing care” to your daughter.
And, I especially commend you for:
- meeting her daily requests for a different hairstyle;
- honoring her right to choose the clothes to wear on non-uniform school days; and
- creating an environment for her to develop socially, academically, morally and spiritually.
Happy Fathers Day to the “Fathers” that have played an important role in my life and to all the fathers who may come across this post in the Blogosphere/Cyperspace world.