“All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why.”
Today’s story is about Marlo Thomas and her dad Danny Thomas.
Daddy’s little girl had exciting news. An A+ essay at school. But Daddy was on the road. So she read it to him over the phone. That conversation changed his life. And hers. And possibly yours.
Marlo Thomas (right) and her sister Terre in 1969
Margaret (“Marlo”) Thomas has now grown up. She’s an actor like Dad.
Her dad — Danny Thomas — became a household name in his day. But it wasn’t always that way. He started his career touring small clubs as a comedian. He traveled extensively and was often away.
“Because [Dad was touring] it was like having a long distance daddy a lot of the time. And he would always call us long distance, every single night… READ MORE
“Presence is more than just being there.”
Essay compliments of Savvy Dad friend David Hirsch.
At times we don’t know what to do. But that’s OK. Our kids know one thing for sure. We care. We’re there.
Sad young girl
Making mistakes, too. It’s just part of life. It works out just fine. Why? Our kids know. We care. We’re there.
Tough love? It’s hard for us, hard on our kids. But it works out. Why? Our kids know. We care. We’re there.
Often we wonder. Are we doing it right? It’s hard to gauge. Until we read something like this about bad dads.
The words of a girl whose dad walked away. He didn’t care. He wasn’t there. It’s by Guadalupe, an 8th grader in Chicago, Illinois.
The assignment? Write a short essay on “What My Dad Means To Me.” READ MORE