I tip my hat to all you surrogate dads out there doing the hard work of building up boys and girl, tweens, teens, and young and older adults living without fathers.
You might be doing your “parenting” at the gym, or in the kitchen, or on the playground, or around the church, and in any other number of unnamed areas. We see you!
You do the things you do without looking for praise, and you do it day in and day out, to the strengthening of our youth.
I’m not sure you know how important you are in the scope of things, but let me tell you what I think: You Rock!
Blood does not make you a father, anymore than sitting in a garage makes you a car. To be a dad you must listen, care, touch, love, support, encourage, and SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS.
That these children were not conceived from the juice of your loins matters little to them, or me. What matters to a kid without a dad is that somewhere, somehow, over and over again, someone is reaching out to them and making them feel special.
Surrogacy is often attributed to women, but today I salute the men who are out there on the line, doing the hard work of parenting and finding it rewarding. Please know, you matter!!!
You really, really, really matter!