A Father’s Love by Chioma Momah

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People always talk about a mother’s love, but you hear little about loving fathers. Even in churches there is so much fuss about mother’s day but father’s day is often overlooked and under celebrated.

There is no doubt that a mother has a great impact on her kids, but there are great fathers too. My late dad was the world’s greatest. I stammered as a child (still do a times) but every other day after work he would take a voice recorder and patently make me practice my speech. He would praise every effort and always told me how much he and my mum loved us all. My mum didn’t have such patience so I was grateful I had him. Thanks to him love and attention I grew up into a young woman confident of a fathers love.

Some time back I ran into an in-law of mine and he was with his 10 month old son. I assumed his wife who had gone to study in the UK was back, as she had gone with the baby. However, he told me that she was still in school and he had to go there a few month ago to bring baby home. “she couldn’t cope, and she refused to admit it, I had to go and insisted on bringing him home”.  I was impressed, here was a young architect living alone with his son, no house help or relatives…I was quite moved. He told me he worked from home so most times he would stay home with him, but that when he knew he would have a busy day moving around he would take him to day care.

He explained that it was quite difficult at first as the boy was just starting to crawl when they got back, and he was all over the place, but now he has gotten the hang of things. In fact, he had to go to a meeting with him once and the man he met was so impressed that he was looking after his son that he gave him the job, this is a job he had been chasing for a while. However he explained that he has had to cancel a few meetings because of him. “I can’t attend any business meeting after 6, as I have to rush to pick him from daycare at 7pm , and once a  client chastised me for doing a woman’s job, after I explained I had to cancel a meeting to pick up my son.”

After I had talked to my cousin in law for a few minutes he woke up his sleeping son. When I asked why he explained that the boy had been sleeping too long and he had to wake him up or else he wouldn’t get a good night sleep ! Truly there is nothing like “A father’s love”.

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