Single dads don’t often get the recognition they deserve, and Tiana Sheehan would like to change that.
Sheehan, who hails from Kentucky, was raised by her father after the death of her mother. Recently, after spotting a girl and her mother shopping for razors together at a grocery store, Sheehan says she was reminded of the first time she shaved her legs, and how her father had to teach her how. Inspired, she wrote a touching tribute to her dad which was shared by Love What Matters on Facebook.
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“I'll never forget the look on my dad's face when I told him I wanted to shave my legs. It was the summer after mom died and some of the girls I went to summer camp with started teasing me about my hairy legs,” Sheehan writes in the touching message. “I remember coming up to dad and being so embarrassed to ask him for help, but man, did he handle it like a champ! For a moment he put his head down; and then he turned the TV off, took me into the bathroom, gave me a new blade on his razor, gave me his shaving cream, and taught me how to shave my legs.”
She went on to praise him for handling every other awkward milestones like a champ—from periods and shaving, to broken hearts and catty girlfriends.
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“Single dads don't get the credit they deserve; especially mine and all dads who are left playing both roles. There was never a time in my childhood where I truly thought I was missing out on anything,” she writes. “My dad was so good at fulfilling both roles and making sure my childhood was as normal as possible; that there was never a time I thought Life or God had screwed me over.”
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She concluded with a heartfelt thank you for the man who raised her: “Thank you for never being too embarrassed to do the girl stuff you had to do, thank you for never making it embarrassing for me to ask you for help. Growing up without a mom is obviously something no one ever wants, but growing up with you was the best.”
Well said, Tiana.