by Thibaut Dabrowski
Merci pour tout ce que vous avez fait. Les pères sont importants. Surtout ceux qui sont en train de devenir pères. Fais de ton mieux. Juste être là.
This is for those who grew up or are growing up without a biological father.
Today is about celebrating the presence of your father. There are people who can’t do that. That isn’t fair. Fathers are so important for a child.
I lost my step-father at the age of 15. Some kids lose theirs earlier. That isn’t fair either.
Today, please think of all those who have acted as a father figure in your life. Whether it was your single mother, your coach, your teacher, or even just a family friend. They are important.
I implore you, take care of them. You never know what the future holds, and you don’t know when they’ll exit your life.
Please, please, please love them, with all their imperfections, as they have with you.
OPEN LETTER TO MY FATHER
I miss you. You were deeply rooted in the 70’s but you did your best to raise me. You stayed in my life, and I hope I made you proud.
I just graduated. I hope you saw it.
You lived quite a life, and you made sure that I experienced life the best you could. I learned with you and from you and I miss it.
Even though we don’t share the same blood, I’m so proud to call you my Dad.
There are so many books and movies that you would’ve loved, and I finally learned enough about the world to have conversations with you.
Thank you for everything.
Thank you for everything you’ve done. Fathers are important. Especially those who are becoming fathers. Do your best. Just being there.
Thibaut is a 2020 Konawaena High School graduate. He is both a talented writer and runner, having run track and cross-country for Konawaena. He was the team captain for the cross country team this past fall. This coming fall, he’ll be attending Virginia State University. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished Thibaut. This is just the beginning!