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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Stand-In Fathers

I adore my dad, and I plan to do something special for him for Father's Day to show my appreciation for the example he set, the values he instilled in me, and the sacrifices he made over the years. But aren't we blessed when in a particularly low point in our lives someone comes along that's not our biological father but briefly fills his shoes?

Shortly after I was hired at A Cleaner World, my first husband and I separated and ultimately divorced. It was a stressful, disappointing, and painful time in my life, and I ended up losing quite a bit of weight as a result. Ray and Sallie Edwards (owners of A Cleaner World along with Chris Edwards) took me under their wings, knowing my family was 10+ hours away. Not only did Ray keep an eye on me during business hours, but he was so gracious to include me in many weekend family gatherings especially making sure I was taking good care of myself. What a great thing to have such wonderful folks to help in the healing process. My parents told me many times how grateful they were for the love and support my work family showed me.

So as we pause this coming weekend to honor our fathers, let's also pause to honor those 'father figures' that lifted us up when we really needed it.

1 comment:

  1. This was a very touching post. I can relate because my family is far away also. Thanks for reminding me to take some time to thank those "father figures" who have helped make this my home away from home.


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