Its Father’s Day!

“I want to marry a man like my daddy when I grow up, a man of peace.” These were the words I uttered one day as a seven or eight year old girl. I never quite understood the profundity of the statement till about ten or twelve years later when I looked around and noticed that very few young girls will ever say something like that about their fathers.

Philip Whitmore Snr said, “Any fool can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!” Its Father’s Day today and I join the rest of the world to celebrate Fathers, every son’s hero and every daughter’s knight in shining armor. Today, I pay tribute to two wonderful men who have helped me understand the love of my Heavenly Father through the love they have shown me.

The first man was first my pastor Adeyemi Fabayo, but is now my Father. He is ever supportive, constantly cheering me on to chase my dreams till they become reality. One incident comes to mind. Some years ago, while I was writing my GCE O’Levels, our family car suddenly developed a fault. I was running late for the examination and the subject was Mathematics! (trust me, you need all the time for a math exam). My mum was already getting upset and worried. I just asked her to call ‘Fabo’, as we call him to come and pick me up. She called him and explained the situation on ground. Before we could say ‘Jack Robinson’ he arrived and took me to the exam centre. I later found out he was at a far distance from us that day but travelled all the way down because he couldn’t afford to disappoint me.

The second man is my biological father, Babatunde Ayorinde, my man of peace. I always tease him because he is a man of few words. He is a man of courage, an epitome of love, ever willing to give up just about anything to ensure I am happy. I can never forget my days on campus when he would stop over almost every weekend to see me in school before heading home. We would stay in the car and gist for a while. He always brought me snacks, food and drinks. My roommates and friends always looked forward to the weekend so they could get a share of the goodies. They would wonder what kind of daddy this one is. That’s my daddy for you! He doesn’t waste time or mince words to correct me whenever I mess up.

Today, I say a big “Thank you” to you both. Thanks for the hugs, the spanks, the treats…. Thanks for everything!

To anyone out there who has lost their biological father or for some reason never really experienced a father’s love, all hope is not lost. There is a God who is the father to the fatherless, the husband to the widow. I enjoin you to let Him in so that you can experience the greatest love of all. For God is love! Happy Father’s Day!!!

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7 comments on “Its Father’s Day!

  1. Wonderful piece…you will get married to that real man,the man who shall show forth the Love of God,even as you are that virtuous wife,and good mum.
    God Bless ‘Fabo’…that’s serious sacrifice,and may your Dad reap the fruits of his labour.
    For those who never experienced the love of an earthly father,our Heavenly Father will show them unflinching,and unconditional Love…if they let HIM in.
    And for us would-be fathers,may we become Real Men.
    Happy Fathers Day to the Real Men out there!

  2. Well… Lovely write up. I’m glad I’m nt d only person wiv a wonderfully awesome, sweet, caring, loving & down to earth father. I & my dad r so close dt an outsider wuld wonder if I dnt respect/fear him; dts cuz we r best frnds… He’s nt d conventional Nigerian/African dad… He’s just absolutely special & I love him so much. I nevr knew d true worth of my dad till I noticed other fathers. God bless u Pastor Micheal Adeyinka Taiwo. God bless all good fathers. & all Glory to God who is the Father of all!

  3. Its funny how we have many days to celebrate our mothers unlike our fathers. A pastor once said’Adam was the only man God created before ,other men were born till date’. My point is that Fathers are also important and dis short nd beautiful piece has shown that.Big Ups!

  4. There’s something about a father’s love that’s incomparable…wonderful piece Mz Dami. God bless ur Dads and may God bless you with an amazing man who’ll be a good father and hero to ur kids!

  5. D love of a father can neva be overemphasized. I once heard 4rm a speech dt fathers are an endangered species n I agree. Statistics show aw more of dem go everyday 2 d world beyond. One thing is certain though, fathers are an integral part of ones life n must be celebrated. Dts why this piece is an important work. Fathers are ones ‘superman’, driver, Atm, lover amongst oda beautiful things. God bless and keep all our fathers n father figures d world over. Well done Dami, keep getting better!

  6. You are truly blessed to have such a dad. My dad used to visit just once in the school year. But i would look forward to the “snacks and drinks” just the same!

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