Holiday’s that focus on celebrating specific individuals – like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day – have always been a bit foreign to me. I have never met my birth father, and you know, the obvious things about my mother (Link and link, for the uninitiated).
So I try to disconnect from the idea of it. I try to stay unaware. Because the less we know, the less we care. My awareness grows when it gets close enough for Google Offers or Groupon to suggest gifts that might be appropriate for these holidays.
As I get older, I have realized that it is more about showing my gratitude to the people in my life who have filled these roles. I am so fortunate to have had a number of men and women in my life who have been exemplary role models and taught me how to be a responsible adult.
There have been some incredible men in my life. Men who have showed me what it means to live my faith, men who have showed me how to fix things, taught me how to drive, carefully instructed me on the “proper” way to grill (hint: everyone says something a little bit different) and men who have taught me to write well.
I know I would not be where I am without the support of these men (and the women who have been there to support and encourage me too). Like they say, it takes a village to raise a child. I am so proud to have the roots and support I have, and very excited to be able to pay it forward and spend my life helping those who need it.