Tag Archives: Fathers
“Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” As cliché as it may sound, I truly believe that “any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad.” Being a part of American Humane Association’s Fatherhood Initiative, which helps connect children involved with the childRead More
Growing up, I never thought Father’s Day would mean anything to me. I still don’t know who my biological father is, and during my 10 years in foster care, I never had a memorable father figure. But today, I relish celebrating Father’s Day every June because I have one of the best fathers anyone couldRead More
As I was growing up, I experienced fleeting moments of thought about what my life would be like if I knew my dad. Those thoughts were briefly replaced with my anger and resentment and fear of rejection. After all, if he really thought or cared about me, he’d contact me, right? I told myself I really didn’t care, nor did I need to have “that man” in my life. After all, I had wonderful grandparents who loved me and a mother I adored.
As the years went by and I continued to have those confusing and contradictory thoughts, they turned more toward my dad’s family — I didn’t know them either. My mom never talked about my dad or her life with him before I was born. I didn’t approach the subject because I didn’t want to seem disloyal or ungrateful for all the sacrifices she made for me. I did learn, however, that my dad may have two sons. Even though that piqued my curiosity, I continued to live my life. After all, “life happens,” right? And soon I was so busy, at least I thought, to give it much attention.
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