In January of 2015, 21-year-old Richard Johnson welcomed his precious baby daughter Persephone into the world. Sadly, the joy was short-lived because just a month later, the mother of the child suffered a severe bout of postpartum depression and left him, running away to California along with the baby.
Not too long after, however, she changed her mind about being a mom and threatened Richard that she'd put Persephone up for adoption if he didn't come get her. Naturally, Richard went to go get his daughter and brought her home - which is when the reality of being a single dad started to seep in.
This was totally unknown territory and he realized just how unprepared he was to raise a child all alone. In his frantic search for some kind of solace, he stumbled onto a Facebook group for fathers called "Life of Dad." It showed him that there were other guys out there just like him and, more importantly, that it was indeed possible to thrive as a young, single dad.
Over the next few months, Richard turned his whole life around and became the best father he possibly could. Recently, he shared his story in the form of a letter to "Life of Dad," which then shared the letter with its followers. It's gone on to inspire millions of people worldwide.
Life of Dad,
My name is Richard Johnson, and I’m a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her mother left about a month after she was born. We still don’t know exactly why, but we suspect postpartum depression played a part. In the first few weeks of it being just her and me, I stumbled upon your page by accident. I was so nervous and scared about being a father in general, but now I was a single father and had to fulfill two roles. I wasn’t sure I could do it.
I had read every ‘new parent’ book I could find and clocked in over 1,000 hours in YouTube videos from everything to braiding hair and painting nails to theories on how to deal with common parental issues. I then started to watch your page more closely and saw that there were other fathers out there who were in similar predicaments as me.
The page started to turn into a major confidence booster and really helped me through all of this.
We’re both very happy now and continue to grow together every day. She’s now 10 months, and I now get asked by my friends for parenting advice constantly. We’ve come a long way, my daughter and me, and we definitely owe part of that to this page and the people within it. So from both of us, we wanted to thank you.
Persephone & Richard Johnson
If that doesn't just make you melt then I don't know what will. Richard, if you're reading this, I'd just like to say you're the kind of father every kid deserves. I hope you and Persephone have an amazing life together (I know you will).
Via: Life of Dad