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My Big Momma

By Sydney, 10
Sunset Park Elementary School
Miami, Florida

You might think your father is great, but I’ve got the greatest Dad in the entire world!  All the things my father does for me are incredible. Actually, he is not my biological father, but I’ve known him more than half of my life, so I consider him my Dad.  When I was six, I asked my mother if I could call Steve ‘Dad’? She told me that name was my biological father’s, so I came up with the name ‘Big Momma’. My Big Momma is so important in my life that no one could replace him. Father’s Day is my chance to celebrate Big Momma as the man who has been a father to me.

When I was younger and had just met Steve, in the sizzling summer heat of July, he taught me how to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Even though I kept fussing about how hard it was to ride, how I kept falling, and that I never wanted to ride a bike, Steve kept encouraging me.  He was determined for me to succeed. Within a few days, I had it down! I was riding smoothly and perfectly with no falls, even mastering the ability to swerve into entrances and gateways with amazing precision. My success was all about Big Mamma Steve’s encouragement and confidence in me.

When my Big Momma learns something, I learn it too. Actually, just about everything my Dad learns, he  teaches me.  When he learned how to ice-skate, I learned how to ice-skate.  When he learns a new game, he teaches it to me. When he repairs things around the house, I learn as well.  He takes the time to teach me all that he knows. If there’s something he doesn’t know, we learn together.

I’ve got the greatest Dad who loves and cares about me always.  He does anything he can with me and for me and goes out of his way to make me happy. I couldn’t have a better father.

On Father’s Day especially, I realize I am so lucky to have not only a friend, but also a supportive parent who is more that just a fantastic father…he’s my Big Momma!

With all the lessons and love I’ve received from my Big Momma, one day I’ll be set for life!

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