Fatherhood: How My Dad Has Mastered It All These Years

I don’t have children of my own YET but I know it can’t be easy — especially raising a sassy, headstrong daughter. But my dad has made it look easy for almost 25 years (yes, I’m old). Here’s how Ole Joe has mastered fatherhood.

Just Being There

From bringing me along with my diaper bag to hang out with the boys, wearing matching outfits, teaching me how to ride a bike, dropping me off at my dorm every Sunday to helping me tour apartments and put my furniture together. There has not been one moment that my dad hasn’t been there. Having him there as I took my first steps and as I take huge strides in my life has truly been a blessing.

Working Hard

My dad will do whatever he has to do to take care of his family and it’s one of the things that I admire most about him. When I was born, my parents were young. So my dad began doing strenuous labor at a very young age to support his family. He has never stopped. Seeing him work hard to support his family motivates me to do the same. 


I am definitely a daddy’s girl. “My dad will help me” and “Let me call my dad” are two of my favorite phrases. Whenever there is something wrong with my car or I need help moving heavy things around, my dad gets there in 2 seconds MAX! I don’t know how he does it. I don’t have to rely on another man to do it. Because if they won’t do it, my dad can 🦸🏾‍♂️. 

Dad if you’re reading this, it’s been such a pleasure and a blessing having you as my dad. Your smile, laughter and spirit are contagious. Keep being you. I love you ❤️.

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