Dad is on the mind today 💖 I am one of the lucky few that got to call this man, John, "Daddy". He was a magical man in more ways than I could ever express. Those of you that got to meet him know exactly what I'm talking about 🌟
Lately, as I hear more and more talk about achieving equality in our society, I realize just how fundamental his fatherly influence was to where I stand today: a woman who was raised to see herself as a person first, same as everyone else. I know it's due in large part, to this guy 👆
While the world had its own ways, my family operated in its own little microverse- a free space to ask any question and learn to use my voice. My mother undoubtedly had a good deal to do with our family dynamic too (and how!), but for his part raising 3 girls, I've realized looking back that gender wasn't ever really part of the discussion. His corrections and/or encouragement of my behavior and thought processes didn't have to do with how a lady should behave, but instead focused his energy on shaping my character as a person on planet earth, always pointing me towards habits of love and kindness. This applied to his expectations of all of us- my big little bro too.
Fair was fair. Conversations weren't allowed to stay one sided- I was heard out as an equal. He *patiently* allowed me to ask every question and provided the most honest answers he knew to give in terms I could understand. He even admitted when he didn't have the answers 😮 #ohthehumanity
And when it came to finding my path in life, he refused to tell me what I should do. Instead he told me I could do anything and to find the thing that lit me up 🔥 He told me to be brave and swan dive right into it from there 🐳 that more often than not, the only thing holding me back was me... He wasn't a perfect man. No dad is. But man, the things he did nail made a whole world of difference to me 🌏🌍🌎😘💖 #dad #family #love #equalitystartsinthehome #everyoneisimportant #heartsandrainbows #wisdom #1dad