Every time June comes I rejoice immensely. It is my favorite month because it has 2 special dates. One is my wonderful husband’s birthday and the other is Father’s Day.
When I was little I did not know much about the importance of this day. The relationship with my father has not always been the best and I did not understand his role in the family. Today when I look at my husband’s relationship with my daughter I think how happy and blessed I am.
He teaches her how to be a lady and come to life on his own. Tests her limits and teaches her to be independent. During lazy days they cook together, cutting fruits and vegetables into different shapes. I’m telling you a secret, he’s preparing her for college.
Even though she is only three years old, she behaves like a grown girl. He even cares for her better than I do. He wakes up at night whenever she calls, they play whenever she wants. He even takes a shower with her, not allowing shampoo to enter her eyes.
Witnessing him as a parent, I’ve learned that he’s like the majority of Black fathers. Black fathers are present, active—and proudly so. Oprah once said that her mother and father only slept together one time, and Vernon Winfrey only knew about his daughter when her mother sent letters requesting money for the baby.
Oprah said, “the reason he did, is because it could have been him. And the responsibility that he took for me, not just a responsibility but care and love and direction and support as a young teenage girl, is the thing that made the difference in me being who I am now or somebody you would have never, ever heard of.”
Black fathers have created a community where they share experiences and advice on how to behave with their children. When I see their devotion I am thankful to God. My husband taught me what it means to take care of a child. And believe me, he is doing it in the best way possible.
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