In honor of Dad's everywhere that are raising a child with a disability.
A Letter to Dad
I'm sure that when you heard the news that I had a permanent physical disability that you felt scared. What do you do? How do you operate as a parent? Parenthood is difficult enough without a disability involved. Now what?
I want to thank you for never giving up on me. You found me in the body that just won't cooperate. You accepted, to the best of your ability, to be a dad no matter what and no excuses. You loved me when it was the easiest and the hardest.
You saw the child, and parent like the disability was just one aspect of life. It didn't mean to let me get away with everything or treat me as a baby. It meant you saw who I truly am.
Thank you for fixing my equipment whenever it broke. Helping my wheelchair look cool even when it was hard. Learning how to do hair because my hands just can't do it.
Thank you for giving me the self worth and esteem to help me live as independently as possible. I'll never forget and strive forward no matter the challenges that awaits.
Me just who I am