Anna Gragert
November 12, 2015 11:52 am
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Raising a human being is one difficult job — some would say it’s the most difficult job. That would explain why one heartfelt letter is making all the hardworking parents out there feel less alone.

On Tuesday, a man named Richard Johnson posted a message on the Life of Dad Facebook page. It reads, “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.”

Is your heart bursting already? Just wait for it.

“I had read every ‘new parent’ book I could find and clocked in over 1000 hours in YouTube videos from everything to braiding hair and painting nails to theories on how to deal with common parental issues,” Johnson explains. He then mentions that the Life of Dad page provided him with hope. Through this community, he learned that he’s not alone as a single father and that the obstacles he faces are universal.

The devoted dad ends this heartwarming letter by stating, “We’re both very happy now and continue to grow together everyday. 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. ”

To accompany this message, Johnson posted a photo of himself and his adorable little girl. Honestly, this one photograph is going to provide us with happiness for days to come.

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