Single Dad Pens Down a Letter For His Infant Daughter
- JWB Post
- November 16, 2015
It’s not every day that we get to read heart wrenching stories of fathers dedicated to their daughters.
“The days have been rough and at times I wasn’t sure I could make it another day. I spent more then a few nights holding my little girl as she slept weeping because I wasn’t sure I was going to be a good enough father for her.”
Richard Johnson, 21, is the dad of a 10-month-old baby girl Persephone. In a letter this week to Life of Dad, a social network for fathers, Johnson explains how he ended up raising Persephone on his own.
The baby’s mother had left when she was only a month old.
“We still don’t know exactly why [she left]. But we suspect post-partum depression played a part,” he wrote.
In the days that followed his ex’s departure, Johnson admits he felt lost and scared.
“I came from a family where everyone is either divorced or a single parent. My father wasn’t in the picture, and I never wanted that for my kids,” Johnson told Yahoo Parenting in an interview this week. “When [Persephone’s mom and I] decided that we wanted kids, I wanted to give them the life I didn’t have.”
But, he said, “the more I thought about it, the more panicked I got. I didn’t know what it meant to be an involved father except from what I saw on TV or movies.”
It was around this time that he says he stumbled upon Life of Dad, a resource that proved enormously helpful to him.
“I … saw that there were other fathers out there who were in similar predicaments as me. The page started to turn into a major confidence booster and really helped me through all of this,” he wrote in his letter.
Needless to say, the post went viral.
Hats off to such an adorable father!