May 26, 2017

Dear Son and the men who shaped you:

I fought tooth and nail to keep you safe and sweet. To keep men from making you tough. I did my best to make sure you loved your grandmas, your sisters, and God.

The first few years were easy. I had such say over your life. But then y...

May 25, 2017

I remember sitting in your lap

As you watched TV

Wrapped in your arms,

I felt safe so nothing could harm me

I remember the Saturday afternoon rides

Down the Little Haiti streets

My head looking out the window

As I sat quietly in the backseat

I remember the make believe pool

You...

May 24, 2017

Alfred.

That’s my father-in-law’s name. Alfred. No nicknames. Everyone calls him by his Christian name, Alfred. Before I met him, the only Alfred I had ever known was the butler at Stately Wayne Manor.

At this moment, he’s in a skilled nursing facility in Texas. It’s alm...

May 24, 2017

Gather round, children. I’m gonna tell you a scary story by the campfire tonight. Once upon a time, way back in the 1980s when men were hairy and women bought Aquanet by the gallons, a family decided to go on a vacation to Graceland, the home of Elvis. Elvis was indeed...

May 24, 2017

My father became a Christian out of a totally pagan cultural environment. He had begun listening to Sunday sermons on his car radio and one day he simply pulled off to the side of the road and gave his heart to Jesus. He was a changed man from that moment.

His family wa...

May 9, 2017

Alcoholism can take its toll on a father/child relationship.  It leaves the relationship broken and causes pain in the hearts of both the father and the child.  Sometimes, the damage is so intense that it never gets mended.  But sometimes…a man opens his heart to God a...

May 9, 2017

My heart sank as I watched the young dad’s story on the afternoon talk show. Not only had he never known his dad, but his mom had abandoned him at age five. Now in his 40’s, he was seeking answers as to why and how his mother could have done that. He thought he must ha...

May 9, 2017

After watching The Father Effect documentary, I couldn’t help but to reflect upon the times spent with my dad. My story with my dad is not a sad one with the exception of the fact that he died of a sudden heart attack one week before his forty-ninth birthday. I’m curre...

May 9, 2017

When our youngest daughter was three years old she received a free balloon at the grocery store – a pink balloon with white, curly ribbon. I carefully tied it onto her tiny wrist so it wouldn’t float up to the rafters while we shopped. We successfully made it to the pa...

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