Happy Father’s Day!

Photo by Bejamin Norman for The New York Times

Father’s Day, like any other honorific holiday, brings out everyone’s sentimental side. From greeting cards to cheesy ties, everyone has their way of saying “thank you” and “I love you” to dear old Dad.

(I got mine a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card and a really sweet beer mug lamp for his “man cave” in the basement.)

The New York Times has a Father’s Day based story up on their website that has (finally) elicited the hope in humanity that I’ve so been craving! It’s the kind of feel-good journalism that could singlehandedly save the newspaper industry if there were just more like it. But sadly, I feel like this young man may be one in a million.

The story is about a 20 year old man named Leon Britton Jr. who took a class on Fatherhood in the Bronx so that he would always be there for his daughter. Instead of mimicking the mistakes of his own father he rose to the occasion to be the best father he could possibly be (he must have had one heck of a mother).

Everyday in magazines, in movies and on shows like “Jerry Springer” or “Maury” we hear stories of deadbeat Dad’s who fled town or deny paternity. It’s refreshing to see a young man stand up to his obligations and give his daughter the love she needs. And props to whoever started the fatherhood class…you’re changing the lives of many children.

This is one of the stories that makes me really excited to begin my career as a journalist.


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