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What My Father Means To Me Essay by: Lisa
Posted by : David Hirsch on March 15, 2013 - 3:34am tags : What My Father Means To Me Essay

I am one of 700+ volunteers who read and help evaluate these heartfelt essays. Most are very positive and uplifting, while others are quite sobering, since so many kids are growing up in less than ideal circumstances.

Here is one of my favorites written by Lisa a 3rd grade student about her grandfather:

"In my life, it is my grandfather who really means something to me. My granddad means a lot because he does so many things for me. When I was five, I was scared of things, my granddad never made fun of me. He would sit with me in my room until I would fall asleep. He told me bedtime stories about Bigfoot. He would even look under the bed for monsters and not ever laugh at me. He taught me how to get rid of bedtime monsters.

Now my granddad is the one who needs me. He can’t walk. Now I help him. I tell him bedtime stories. I get him a drink when he needs one. I even get to feed him and it is fun. Sometimes I know he is telling me a story with his eyes and I smile and give him a big hug. I love you so much Clifton. Yes, I do."

I have read thousands of these essays over the past 16 years. I’ve developed a fondness for men who are filling in when there is no dad, stepdad or granddad present in the life a youth. These unsung heroes, like Lisa’s granddad are my heroes.

From DAD To DAD, it’s very moving to read authentic messages about being a dad, especially those who are really making a difference in the lives of their kids and others.

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About author: David Hirsch
David Hirsch is the father of five, ranging in age from 17 to 25. He is CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) at TEAMDAD and the founder (1997) of Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, the country's first state-wide non-profit fatherhood organization whose mission is connecting children and fathers by Actively Engaging Fathers In The Education Of Children.
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