Being a parent requires a lot of dedication, effort, and patience. On a daily basis, most parents likely experience greater physical stress than non-parents, but they hardly ever voice their concerns. Now picture what it must be like to be a single parent.
The same work was required of both parents, all laid on just one. For single parents, it makes sense that it would be (at least) twice as difficult. In both cases though, there’s no doubt that moms and dads usually try their best!
Doesn’t the mere sound of that make you want to commend all the single parents out there? Hailing from that wonderful old image-hosting site, Imgur, a single dad on the platform had a really wonderful little story to share.
The importance of a father to his daughter is sometimes underrated, but not overvalued. He is her confidant, defender, and a major influence on how she will view others and herself.
Going by the pseudonym takopoke, this father took his daughter out for Valentine’s Day dinner. Valentine’s Day is the day that men treat the most loved girls in their lives since even a family of two is still a family. But it’s not necessary to commemorate only romantic love on the day of love.
Being a single parent, it’s also a means of demonstrating to the kids your continued love and concern for them.
No amount of sleepless nights or exhausting days can ever make you stop loving your children, even though parenting them alone can be a herculean undertaking.
Therefore, if a single father and his little daughter are seen in a restaurant on Valentine’s Day, people will undoubtedly understand what is happening right away.
In this instance, a couple dining at the same establishment was watching them the entire time. This couple couldn’t help but melt at the sight of it, so they penned a small message and had the waiter give it to him while he was occupied taking care of his 6-year-old and making her feel as wonderful as she could be.
The message reads:
“Hi there! Sorry to spy, but my husband and I saw you out with your little date and were so impressed with what a great dad you are. From two adults who grew up without dads, it’s so important to have a male role model at a young age. Keep up the good work, dad! Dinner is on us!”
The father was beyond moved.
“I wont lie, I teared up at the table. So, thank you, random strangers. Thank you,” he posted on Imgur.
Well, the last thing you would want is for a stranger to comment on your parenting when you are out in public with your kids. Unless it’s a good reason, which is what happened in this story, that is.
The Imgur user was an excellent father, and the couple couldn’t help but notice that. They actually decided to write him a kind note with words of admiration since they were “so amazed.”
The post garnered over 1 million views and hundreds of awestruck comments.
“What you are doing matters, please continue being an awesome dad to your little girl,” wrote one.
“This made me tear reading it, because my son’s father barely comes to see him anymore. It makes me happy to know men like you exist,” lamented another.
Any single parent should feel proud and accomplished in all the work they do. Their kids will be way prouder of them when they grow up too.