“My story is about a good dad and a bad dad.
When I was four months old, my ‘father’ divorced my mom for his own selfish reasons and decided to start a family with someone else. My mom asked for nothing and she is happy where she is. Before I turned five, my mom sent me to the Philippines with my grandparents, and in that time, she met Kenny.
Since then, he has taken me and my older sister, Caitlyn, into his life and has treated us like his own kids. He always puts the family first and he does not get enough credit for all the things we put him through. He has taught me that no matter what, you put your head down and keep working as hard as you can.
When I was struggling at college, my dad made sure to talk to me at least once a week. My parents are busy people, but that talk every week made me feel better.
They are in the middle of a move from Illinois to Tennessee and I am living at school over the summer to work an internship. Every weekend I take the two-hour trip to see my family, to help pack and move stuff, and to just spend time with them because who knows where I will be next May when I graduate.
I do this without hesitation because when i need them they come to me without hesitation. I would not be as successful as I am today without my dad, his advice, his tough love, and his example. Now that I’m a little older, he talks to me about the things that stress him, and that makes me happy because he did that for me.
Everyone can be a father but not everyone can be a dad.”
– Marcus Barnhart
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