I never felt like I needed a father growing up.
Ironically, I spent most of my childhood with many father-like figures coming in and out of my life. My mom had me when she was 18 so she was 0 to blame, but as a child I always felt that my mom was enough for me.
This was until Kevin came into both of our lives. At 10 years old, Kevin joined my mom and I’s family. I didn’t know that he would be the guy I’d look at as my true dad, but along the way he showed me what it meant to feel like a son.
He showed me new music, sports, culture, and so many more things by being a part of my life. He showed me that being a man doesn’t mean suppressing your feelings and denying yourself the emotion to cry. Most of all, he never impeded on my mom and I’s relationship but only added to my life and what I needed growing up.
My relationship with my stepdad may not be the same as every other father-son relationship, but I’m beyond fortunate to call him my dad and to have him in my life for as long as he’ll be around.
Happy Belated Father’s day to you and your dad, whatever your relationship may be 😌