Fatherlessness affects 1 in every 3 children today. “Children who live absent their biological fathers are, on average, at least two to three times more likely to be poor, to use drugs, to experience educational, health, emotional and behavioral problems, to be victims of child abuse, and to engage in criminal behavior than their peers who live with their married, biological (or adoptive) parents.” (According to the U.S. Census Bureau)

The more life I witness, the more grateful I am to have a father who  is my daddy.  He is smart, hilarious, optimistic and never embarrassed of me. Not only is he my dad, but he is dad to five other children whose biological fathers were not around, for a variety of reasons.  Now, he is also there for a couple of foster children. I am sure they are eating lots of popcorn, playing lots of board games and probably learning about things like responsibility and consequences and love without conditions.

 I have friends whose fathers are non-existent or absent.  These friends have wounds and doubt infused into their lives because of this. They so deeply want that love and acceptance. Listen, guys, I know that fathers are being portrayed as stupid, useless and ignorant, while mothers are displayed are powerful, independent and necessary. This could not be more wrong. Good fathers are irreplaceable. Do not believe that you are unnecessary or incapable. You infuse into your child’s life confidence and character that they will bring along with them into the rest of their lives, a part of them that cannot be amputated, a part of them they cannot outgrow. 

My heart turns warm and wild when I see Cory with Audrey and know that she will grow up with a daddy too, the kind that isn’t afraid to be goofy or playful or hug and kiss her or correct her. The kind that will make sure her dates know he could take them down, if he had to. (Yes, Cory already thinks about this, from the moment he heard “it’s a girl”.) He adores her; he will protect her and her heart with a fierceness that is unmatched. I am overjoyed that Audrey gets to have a daddy, just like I did.


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