Search form

What My Father Means To Me Essay by: Tommy
Posted by : David Hirsch on April 4, 2013 - 1:30pm tags : What My Father Means To Me Essay

Each year tens of thousands of students in kindergarten through 12th grade write essays to the theme “What My Father Means To Me” as part of the fatherhood essay contests in various cities across the U.S. Students write about their: fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and father-figures.

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 Tommy a 2nd grade student about his dad:

"I have the greatest dad in the world. He is always there for my Mom, my brother Joey, my sister Elizabeth, and me.

At night time he reads us books sings us our favorite songs and says our prayers.

During the week my brother Joey and I help my dad, every night, pack 32 bags full of oranges and apples and some snack bars. Then in the morning my dad goes under Lower Wacker Drive and hands out the bags to the homeless people that live there. I hope when I grow up, I don’t only look like my dad, but act like him too! I love my dad.

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 Tommy’s dad 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.

David Hirsch's picture
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.
View all posts by David Hirsch

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.