21-Year-Old Single Dad Writes Beautiful Letter About Raising Daughter Alone

richard johnsonBeing a single dad is tough -- being a 21-year-old single dad of a baby girl whose mother abandoned her after just one month is tougher. That's what Richard Johnson of Las Vegas found out firsthand when his girlfriend left him and their infant daughter Persephone, but as the dad recently wrote, he and his little girl are doing just fine, thanks to the support of other dads like him!

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In a letter to the online community Life of Dad, which has since gone viral on Facebook, Johnson detailed the struggle of suddenly becoming a solo parent and the uncertainty that came with it -- but he also shared the moving story of a man so changed by the love he felt for his baby that he knew he could take on the world. Said Johnson:

In the first few weeks of it being just [Persephone] 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 1000 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 ... You truly helped my daughter and me through a very difficult time. 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.

Is it dusty in here, or is it just me? Check out the full post below:

Life of Dad,My name is Richard Johnson, and I'm a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her...

Posted by Life of Dad on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Unbelievably, unbearably sweet! The dedication of this young father is so inspiring. What a lucky little girl to have such a devoted and courageous dad! (The videos on braiding hair -- awwww!)

Best of luck to both Richard and Persephone in the years to come. There will most certainly be challenges, but the happy times will make up for everything!

 

Image via Life of Dad/Facebook

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