My dad, Henry, is just like all other great dads. He is nurturing. He is caring. He is loving. He is supportive. And because of that, I believe I have become the best human being that I’m capable of being… I think that’s the ultimate tribute to a parent from a child.
But unlike other fathers, my dad has become all of that… without the support of a strong, supportive man in his life. My dad was told his entire life that he “was good for nothing”. After his mom died when he was nine, my dad was raised with his 3 sisters by his alcoholic father struggling with addiction and struggling to make ends meet. I do believe my dad was loved, but I also believe that love was never expressed. I know my dad was not hugged and kissed, encouraged, or supported by the man who was supposed to show him all of those things.
That… is what makes my dad so special. He taught himself how to become a good man and an even better father. No one showed him how to do that. Sometimes I feel guilty that my dad gives me all of the love and support that he deserved, but never got. I am amazed everyday that my dad had the knowledge, the courage, and the heart to break away from what he saw and become the best father that he could possibly be.
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