Without a doubt, the best part of my job is getting to meet so many families. Many are friends and neighbors that I’ve known for years, while others start out as strangers and then become dear friends along the way. If there’s one thing I’ve realized it’s that families come in all shapes and sizes. As we get ready to celebrate Father’s Day this weekend, I know that’s true for my family, too.
There are two people I’m especially grateful for on Father’s Day. The first may surprise you — it’s my mother. She came to this country as a single mom and she raised my sister and me, while somehow filling the roles of both father and mother with ease. When I think of the years of sacrifices she made and how she always encouraged us and wanted the best for us, I’m overwhelmed. My mom walked me down the aisle when I got married and she’s always been there whenever I’ve needed her. Growing up, I may not have had a father figure at home, but thanks to my mother (as well as my grandmother and my aunts), I never questioned how much I was loved and valued. What a gift she gave me.
The second person I celebrate on Father’s Day is my husband. He is the best father to all of our kids and no matter the circumstance, whenever there has been a need for love and guidance, he has stepped up big time. Over the years, our family has grown in unexpected ways. Thanks to his willingness to embrace all the challenges that come with fatherhood, our family is stronger than ever. He's more than a father -- he's a teacher, coach, mentor, advisor, uncle, and friend.
As we head into the weekend there are so many good things to celebrate: it’s Pride Month, Juneteenth is this weekend, summer is here, and of course, Sunday is Father’s Day. I hope you’ll take a moment this weekend to remember the special person or people in your life who encouraged you and wanted the very best for you. Happy Father's Day.