Happy Father's Day
What's up Family,
Pray all is well with you and yours! Another Father's Day is upon us. So often the men in our community are vilified, stereotyped as deadbeats and the like. And though many have failed to realize their potential or live up to their responsibility... this Father's Day I'd like to raise my glass and offer a toast to those that have. No only to the fathers that are in their kids lives, but the extended fathers as well... the uncles, the male mentors, teachers, the big brothers, and grandfathers out there that stand in the gap. For as unfortunate as it may have been to have grown up without a father in your life, so many of us have been blessed with strong male role models to help fill the space.
In the spirit of such, on this Father's Day, I honor my Uncle Ronnie... Ronald H. Woods Sr. He was present at every big moment in my life. Basketball games, trips to college, plays... every big or small moment there was... it didn't matter, he was there. A man's man who taught two little fatherless boys what growing up young and black was all about. He was more than just an uncle, he was our friend... our hero.
I thank God today for my Uncle and many other men that I've been blessed with in my life who cared enough to reach back, and reach down to pull a young brother up. God knows I'll always honor and respect my mother for her courage and sacrifice in the absence of my father... but this Father's Day I extend that honor and respect to the men that God put in my mother's life to help her. I guess that's why I'm always mentoring young people. When I look into their eyes I see pure potential. A mind waiting to be fed. A future waiting to be fueled, greatness waiting to be guided.
On this day I take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to men like my Uncle Ronnie, my older brother James Talbert Sr., Bishop LA Anderson and Tim Watts... men who stand in the gap. Men who look at every fatherless boy or girl as an opportunity to share love, life... to ease the pain... to break the chain.
Much love always and a Very Happy Father's Day!
David E. Talbert