Her post honors all the single parents out there doing the best they can every day for their kids.
According to Tiana Sheehan, single dads don’t get the praise they deserve.
The 23-year-old photographer was just 9 years old when she lost her mom to lung cancer, and now a message she wrote to her dad Glenn in order to thank him for the amazing job he did raising her as a single parent is going crazy viral.
Tiana began her post—which was shared on Facebook by Love What Matters—with a touching anecdote.
“I’ll never forget the look on my dad’s face when I told him I wanted to shave my legs,” she wrote. “It was the summer after mom died and some of the girls I went to summer camp with started teasing me about my hairy legs. I remember coming up to dad and being so embarrassed to ask him for help, but man, did he handle it like a champ! For a moment he put his head down; and then he turned the TV off, took me into the bathroom, gave me a new blade on his razor, gave me his shaving cream, and taught me how to shave my legs.”
So cute! Well, except for the part about Tiana’s mean camp friends—that was kind of a bummer to read about. But even so, the teasing resulted in an amazing father-daughter bonding sesh that Tiana is able to recall some 13 years later. Way to go, Dad!
“Single dads don’t get the credit they deserve,” Tiana continued. “There was never a time in my childhood where I truly thought I was missing out on anything. My dad handled everything: periods, shaving, broken hearts, catty girlfriends–you name it and my dad took it like a champ. Dad, I know I haven’t said it enough, so here’s a big public THANK YOU for never, ever, ever being too much of a man to be my mom… Growing up without a mom is obviously something no one ever wants, but growing up with you was the best.”
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Annnnd now we’re crying. Mad props to all the dads out there buying pink Venus razors and cartons of tampons, and to every solo parent who is busy filling both roles and working double time in order to do it all for their kids every single day. Praise up!
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.