I have been blessed to have a father, a true-blue friend that I truly admire, respect, and who continues to walk with me throughout my adulthood.
I know that he is always just a phone call (or text cuz he’s cool like that) away. The knowing of his love and support, near or far, has helped me to be the confident, secure woman I am today. At the same, it doesn’t escape me that, for a multitude of reasons, not all of us have fathers.
Not everyone has the benefit of a strong, loving, present father in their lives. These men are so important in a woman’s life. Back in 2007, my own daughters lost their father unexpectedly. Maurice, my husband and my daughters’ father, was a healthy vibrant man who loved his daughters. Though our 16-year marriage had recently ended, we still loved and cared for each other deeply and, most importantly, we shared a great love for our daughters.
Maurice passed in May, a month before Father’s Day, and as the day approached, I agonized on how I would help guide my daughters through that day. That Father’s Day Sunday, my girls and I were met with a great surprise: an outpouring of generous loving calls, texts and messages from all the many men that knew Maurice and were friends of our family. Through the kindness of these men, I felt the love of Maurice for his daughter’s coming through. Though he was not there in flesh, he was there in full force in Spirit which, in my definition, is what a great dad is – there for you.
Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there and to all the beautiful men who have chosen to step in for the dads who cannot be there. I honor and appreciate you all.