FATHER 1: Today is the day that we celebrate being a father. To be honest with you…and I was laughing about this today…one of the best things you can do for us on fathers day is just leave us alone. Feed us and let us watch NASCAR or golf and we’ll be happy. I know that sounds selfish…I’m just being honest. This is my son Drew. Fathers day means a lot to me because I get to reflect on my relationship with my kids. Specifically Drew. As an adoptee (me), we experience emotions of “body identity”. That is trying to identify who we look like. I’ve gone through my whole life wondering who I look like and who looks like me. My son, Drew, is the first person I’ve ever met who I can make this connection with (of course my daughter Brooke as well). When Drew was born he was the first blood relative I’d ever met. Yea…let that sink in. I love my kids. I love their mother even more. She is truly the best part of our family. It’s great being a dad every day. Especially with such a wonderful family.
FATHER 2: Somewhere out there is a guy who would be considered my biological father. At times I wonder if he ever thinks about what happened to his son 40 years ago? Does he even know I exist? Don’t feel sorry for me…I don’t loose any sleep over this one.
FATHER 3: This is the one who deserves all the honor. 40 years ago he made the choice to bring me into his family and raise me as his son. I’m sure it wasn’t easy raising 4 kids (I was the youngest) and the money that it cost. Yet, I never knew that we were ever in need of anything. He even worked extra hard (as did my mom) to send all four of us to private school. Never once did he ever give me the reason to think I was anything other than his son. He has a biological daughter, biological son, and 2 adopted son’s. We were all loved, provided for, disciplined, and cared for the same. As fathers go, he wins the prize. It’s one thing to love the child who is biologically connected to you…that’s easy – but to bring 2 additional kids into the home and love with the same Godly love as he did is another whole level. Let me introduce you to my father – Sonny Lichty.
Who are you especially proud of today?