The Love of a Father
The Love of a Father
Headlines are quick to capture “deadbeat dads”. Stories and movies are often written about abusive fathers, and about dads who disappear from the lives of their children, leaving moms and children broken, hurt, desolate, and alone. We seem to hear a little bit about the good dads around Fathers Day each year, but then the interest fades into the background, and we don’t hear much more about the good dads of the world until Fathers Day rolls around the next year.
It’s too bad we don’t stop and look around and honor the good dads more often during the year. There are a lot of amazing fathers out there. This is about one of those dads, and I’m honored to write his story:
When his daughter came along, the father had no idea that the unconditional love between a parent and his child could be so strong. All eight pounds of her was placed in his arms for the very first time and he was almost afraid to hold her! The indescribable love, the instinct to protect this perfect child of his was something he could never before have imagined!
The baby soon began to crawl and then she toddled and then she walked, and when she first said “daddy”, his world was turned upside down with pride! She soon began calling her father “Daddy-man”, a name that stuck throughout her young childhood years, and which even today, as he’s reading this, I’m sure still brings tears of love to his eyes.
As happens often in the world, parents sometimes divorce when their children are very young, and many times dads don’t get to play the role they so cherished early in their children’s lives. But that was not to be the case with “Daddy-man”. Early on, this dad knew he would never be happy with the standard visitation of every other weekend that a lot of dads agree to, and he fought and won shared joint custody of his daughter. With strong determination, throughout his daughter’s entire childhood, he has been thoroughly involved in her every stage of development, in her many accomplishments, and in challenging times as well.
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