I want to tell you about someone very special to me. He was born and raised in a small southern town in the 50’s and 60’s. After high school, he attended college to build a future for himself. Life experiences led him to Chicago where his career grew. He has worked hard to educate himself, attain property, raise and lead a family, and have successful careers. I have been blessed to watch and learn from him for many years. He’s not a civil rights leader, politician, or professor. He’s not a rocket scientist, pro athlete, or actor. But he is a SUPERman. He is my father.
Now you may say, “Your father has done just what he was supposed to.” You are exactly correct. He was supposed to be an educated, wise, dedicated, spiritual, and responsible leader, protector, and provider. He was supposed to be successful in his personal and professional dealings despite any opposition from peers, family, organizations, and all types of discrimination. He was supposed to be proud of his heritage and always put his best face/foot forward whether he is being respected as a MAN or not. He was supposed to be a man of integrity, honesty, strength, faith, loyalty, and reason. He was supposed to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders, stay married to the same beautiful woman for over 33 years, and still find the time to be my “daddy.” Unfortunately, there are several males over the age of 18 who are not taking care of business. That makes my father shine even brighter, thus elevating him to SUPER status. Don’t be alarmed, he is not the only one. There are plenty of SUPERmen out there. They are not exactly standing around waving their hands to get your attention. Like my father, they are probably busy being, doing, protecting, providing, and loving their families and communities.
My father has always supported and loved me unconditionally. He has been there for my bumps & bruises, trophies & triumphs, and everything in between. We have that natural special bond that only fathers and daughters have, and I am blessed to have a positive measure of who & what a MAN should be. He has definitely set the bar very high for my future SUPERman. He recently celebrated another birthday. With each year, I realize how much more precious time is. Although it is a natural part of life, I can’t imagine mine without him. So, I value each phone call, text message, hug, kiss, UNO victory or defeat, and heart to heart that we have just a little bit more. Daddy I honor you, today and everyday. I look forward to more memories and thank God for you!
If you know a SUPERman, make sure you show some appreciation. Because he is a MAN he will do what he is supposed to, but gratitude and support are priceless. If you are a SUPERman…Thank you!!
Until next time…Andrea