My father, knowing those principles well, went north in search of growth and opportunities to provide for his family and ended up in the Bright Lights and Big City of Detroit, Michigan. I use those terms, “Bright Lights, Big City” specifically because one of my dad’s favorite musicians is blues singer Jimmy Reed. Knowing nearly every word to every blues song from the 70s and 80s still gives me a sense of nostalgia each time I hear them.
Without a doubt I know what a real man is by the daily actions of my dad. He was, and is still, strong, loving, patient, tough, kind, and wise. No matter how crazy the world gets, it cannot manipulate or shake that which has been instilled in me by my father. My dad even became a ‘dad’ for many of my friends who longed for a better relationship with a real man of character. I learned how to be a good husband, father, and friend. My siblings and I, and the world at large, are truly blessed everyday he continues to be with us. Most importantly, he loves God and my mom!
Happy Father’s Day