There is no question that there are an abundance fatherless children all across the country. 365 days of year there are statistics, studies, and news stories which highlight the lack of fathers in many urban communities. Father’s Day will not be a day in which we showcase the short comings of other irresponsible males but rather lift up the REAL MEN who are handling their business. I salute them on this day because often times their contribution goes unnoticed.
You don’t have to have given birth to a child to be considered a father. There are endless men who serve as role models and mentors to individuals all the time. They donate their time and wisdom to help the underserved. These men range from basketball coaches, youth program workers, and leaders within community who have guided many to become strong & civilized people. Young boys & girls who were roses that grew from the concrete due to the influence of strong men are stories we don’t here on the news.
To fathers who have actual children, I salute you as well. Many fathers who are working multiple jobs, providing the best they can for their families are the backbone of our communities. Others who take the responsibility of guiding children that is not their natural seed need to be celebrated as well. As there are many men who don’t provide for their own, there are also just as many who step up and give those children the same love that they need.
To those who are paying their child support and still participate in their children lives despite obstacles that may try to discourage them from participating, I salute you. There is no question that laws & government social programs provide incentives for men to be absent and for the single mother syndrome to continue. These men not only pay their children support, but will fight to the depths of hell to make sure they are not only a just financial asset but a loving presence.
We focus on the negative so much that we forget to celebrate our leaders & heros who are doing real work everyday. If there is a man in your life that has helped you in some way, let them know today. While these strong men don’t perform their duties for applause and praise, your acknowledge of their influence will be well appreciated.
Happy Father’s Day
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