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What My Father Means To Me Essay by: Marcus Bordador
Posted by : David Hirsch on June 11, 2013 - 10:09am

TEAMDAD partnered with University of Phoenix to conduct the 2103 Military Fatherhood Essay Contest in Okinawa, Japan.  Students were asked to write essays to the theme “What My Father Means To Me.”   In total more than 400 essays were collected from the children of servicemen stationed in Okinawa.  10 essay finalists and their dads were selected as winners.


Here is Marcus Bordador's Essay (Bob Hope School, 1st Grade).


My dad is nice. My dad is nice because he takes care of me. My dad is nice because he bought my family a dog.  That is why my dad is nice. I like it when my dad cooks because the food he makes is delicious.  I also like my dad because he works so hard.  He teaches me how to be strong and to always do the right thing.

Even though my dad is nice, sometimes I don’t like it when my dad leaves for work.  I do not like it because it makes me miss him.  He has a very loud voice.  I think he get shis loud voice from his army training.   He calls it his command voice. 

I have fun with my dad.  I have fun with my dad at Round One and Sega Arcade.  We play many video games and sports.  Spending time with my dad is always nice.  That is the time I make most of my special memories.  We have a loving relationship.  I do not want another dad because I love the one I have.  My Dad is a great man.


Here is Juan Paulo Bordador’ (Marcus’ Dad’s) Response:


As a single father in the military, I find myself caring & loving my family as a squad or small fire team.  I use a stern & load voice when I ask them to do things.  We all have certain roles/chores we complete a & I always tell them (my three children) the best way this will work is if everyone carries their own weight.    I guess I do this, since this is what I know works.  I need to remember they are my children and not my soldiers.  I also need to ease up on the Command Voice.


If you’d like to receive a collection of a couple of dozen inspirational essays, like the one above, please go to: and click resources.  The Me And My Dad essay guide also includes a 7- Session curriculum, which is a great way for a small group of dads to read, reflect and resolve to be better dads.  Proceeds from the essay guides go to support father-child programs.


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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