Celebrating mom is as American as apple pie and it has been for the past 101 years since Woodrow Wilson proclaimed mother’s day a national holiday. I remember the joy I felt when I would bring my mom breakfast in bed, flowers, a present and a hand-made card on mother’s day.
When I came across this Mother’s day greeting the other day, I thought about how I once would have wholeheartedly agreed with its message and even presented that card to my mom. But life experiences unexpected and otherwise can change a man.
I have been a single dad of 5 children since 1996, when their mom, my wife, left us all for good in a display of erratic, ugly, abusive and finally diagnosed personality disorder, behavior. She hasn’t seen or spoken to our 3 youngest children in 12 years and our two oldest children in 14 years. You might think that my children would have a different take on Mother’s Day and the importance of mothers. What was their view of fathers?
So curious, I texted with my 19 year old daughter, who is in college in Manhattan, and I sent her the image of this greeting card. She texted back:
“I feel that this sentiment is true. However, I think it applies to fathers too and people don’t often acknowledge that.”
Of course, as a single dad who raised this daughter and my four other children since they were babies, I loved seeing that and agree with her.
Do you agree with her that no one can take the place of your Dad as well as your Mom?
Categories: Parenting & Fatherhood