Webster’s dictionary defines “father” as “a man that has begotten a child.” I disagree.
A father is a man who has loved, raised and cared for a child. A man who has cared for and raised a child he has not “begotten” is even more to be cherished, and is even more of a father. That certainly describes my own father, my Daddy.
My Dad married my mom when I was only 2 ½ (almost three) years old. One of my earliest memories was before their marriage. Daddy and I were on our front porch when he presented me with a Jane West doll. She was green and plastic, and if I recall correctly, had painted yellow hair. Even though I hadn’t yet developed into the country girl I would eventually become, I loved the Jane West doll and had her for many, many years. That was the first of many early memories of my Dad during my childhood.
Dad was a big kid at heart. Continue reading