A Father is a Child’s First Hero (by @StretchD and @NovaGiovanni)

Stretch D

First and foremost, I would like to thank the God of my understanding for allowing me to wake up today. For that I am truly grateful. Really appreciate the opportunity to write on this topic. Big shout out to Nova Giovanni for the chance to shed some light on the joys of being a father. My children are the best gifts that I could have ever received. They truly are the blessings that changed my life. For the good. My father recently passed away this last year. This will be the first fathers day since. The one thing that my father taught me, was to be grateful for my blessings(children). The love I have for my blessings is unmatched. The feeling you get when you walk in the door from a long day of work and your blessings run up to you and hug you. Listen, it really gets no better. Father’s have a purpose to their blessings. Not just to give them their last name. To teach them how to be productive members of society. Some of the best memories I have of my father are of him just being there. Learning how to ride a bike, cast a fishing rod, throw a baseball, etc. That list can go on for days. I plan on being there to do the same with my blessings. There are some minor setbacks in being a father though. Always carrying the house on your shoulders. Making sure that everything on the home front is in tip-top condition. No days off really. The pro’s definitely outweigh the con’s by a ton though. This father’s day, it’s not about the gift you get your father. Just by showing him that you appreciate everything he has done for you is good enough. In my book that’s all that really matters. Being a father, like I said before, is the best thing that has every happened to me. I hope that some of you men out there get a chance to experience the gift of being a father. It truly is a gift. Thank you for reading and I hope you fathers out there have a great day. Stay Blessed. @StretchD

Nova Giovanni

Hello, loyal reader. I’m here with more Ramen Noodle Soup for the Soul. In lieu of Father’s Day, I’d like to address the beautiful subject of fatherhood. Becoming a father is without a doubt a great achievement. I call it an achievement becoming a father means actually being involved in the growth and well-being of the child. Too many times, the negative is pushed to the forefront in regards to dads. Yes, there are deadbeat dads. However, there are also deadbeat mothers. Well, this isn’t about that. This is about the positive. I have an eight year old daughter and she is like a miniature me. She has my eyebrows, mannerisms, and my grandmother says she does a lot of the same things I did when I was a child. I feel an overwhelming amazement when I look at her and think to myself “someone this wonderful came from my saggy balls.” Let’s face it, a father is a child’s first hero and their most influential teacher. A father influences how a daughter dates and how a son treats women. I’m not going to say becoming a father made me a better person, but it brings out the best in me. Being a parent isn’t a chance at redemption or living vicariously through your child, it is a responsibility. Kids are not band-aids to prop up and mask your past hurts. A child is a fresh life and should be treated as such. Trust me, it is more enjoyable that way. With new times come new challenges. As a parent in 2012, my goals are to keep my daughter from participating in #TittyTuesday on Twitter, taking “like this pic if you think I’m cute” photos on Facebook, and putting #NoFilter tags on her Instagram pics of her asleep (I never understood how you people took pictures of yourselves sleeping anyway). This weekend, I challenge all fathers to do something new and fun with their child. Go to public places, point at random people, name them to yourselves, and laugh. Children like stuff like that. I know because I’m childish myself. Take your child out nigga-knocking (where you knock on people’s’ doors at night and run away before they can answer it), lets put the HOOD back in FatherHOOD. To me, that is what fatherhood is; balancing responsibility, fun, and learning for both man and child. ENJOY!!!

Much Love,

Nova Giovanni


What does fatherhood mean to YOU? Feel free to comment.