Father’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s no surprise that I’m obsessing over the perfect gift. My father has been a monumental force in my life and his unwavering support has contributed to who I am today in a million ways. Through him I have learned the art of patience and tact. Ive learned how to lead with kindness and compassion. And today, even when I’m facing the most difficult of situations - my Dad is one I call to provide me with perspective that calms me and helps me to see a “better but believable” alternative.
I often do a “buy black gift guide” for this holiday - but this year I reflected on the strength and perseverance of black father’s who are heavily invested in their children’s success. For the sacrifices you’ve made and the discrimination you’ve fealty with in your efforts to create a better life, I’m here to let you know that you’re appreciated, you’re supported and you deserve some shine!
One more thing, as a gay man of color I’ve encountered friends and peers who have not had the easiest time coming out to their fathers or father figures in their lives. Older and theoretically wiser, I am now extremely thankful that this was not my experience.
From the time I came out, my father made it abundantly clear that I should never feel ashamed. That I should feel more than comfortable talking to him about my relationships, and my trials and my tribulations as a gay male. The weight of this hit me recently when I finally processed that not everyone has been afforded this blessing.
To this day, my father remains a guiding force in my life that I could not and would not trade. And even now, as a Black man navigating difference spaces, my father supplies with perspective I didn’t know I needed. His words of wisdom often easing the weight I feel in this world.
So here’s to a happy Father’s Day 2019 and many more! In honor of my father and all the strong Black men who have taking part in molding me, Geo’s Table brings you a guide full of gifts imagined and created with love by black entrepreneurs!
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