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What My Father Means To Me Essay by: Morgan Powers
Posted by : David Hirsch on June 16, 2013 - 10:17am

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 Morgan Powers’ Essay (Bob Hope School, 2nd Grade).


My dad helps me when I’m hurt or sick.  Or when I fall off my scooter he brings me inside and gives me Band-Aids.  One time he made me a nice lunch to help the pain go away.  We sit on the couch and watch T.V.  You put me to bed and kiss me on the head.  You come back from work with scars and bruises tired and exhausted, but you still play with me.  I love you even though you are hardly ever there.  You stay at work from 10pm-7am.  I love it when we lay together.  I love it when we play.  I hate it when you have to go on T.D.Y. or when you got to sleep because I want you to play all the time.  You’re the best dad in the universe.  Thanks!


Here is Nick Beebe’s (Morgan’s Dad’s) Response:


Morgan, you are why I am happy.  We have been best friends since the day we met.  If you didn’t like me, your mom would never have married me.  Because of you, we are a beautiful family.  Because of you we have Sam.  I love how sweet you are with your brother.  I love when you sit on my back to watch T.V.  I love that I can’t walk past you without you reaching for me to pick you up.  You always want to play with me.  I have when I have to sleep because I know you want to play with me all the times.  I hate going TDY, because I miss you so much.  I hate that there is not enough room on this piece of paper to write all the things I love about you.  You make it easy to be a good dad.  You are kind to everyone.  Everyone that meets you loves you and you make me so proud all the time.  You do so well in school.  You do well in everything you do.  You are an amazing person, full of warmth and love.  You forgive as easily as I forget.  I am honored to by your dad and will always be there for you, forever and ever.


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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