Twenty one-year-old Richard Johnson didn’t plan on having kids. He grew up without a father, so he was doubtful that he could ever be a good one himself. However, that changed when he met a special lady that inspired him to start a family.
Just last year, the couple had a beautiful baby girl named “Persephone,” but then his journey of fatherhood took a turn he never expected.
Facebook: Richard Johnson
In a post on the “Life of Dad” Facebook page, Johnson shared where life with Persephone took him next…
Life of Dad,
My name is Richard Johnson, and I’m a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her mother left about a month after she was born. We still don’t know exactly why, but we suspect post-partum depression played a part. In the first few weeks of it being just her 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.
I always look forward to photo submissions and reading the stories of some of the awesome dads out there in this community. 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.
Persephone & Richard Johnson
Richard’s inspiring words have since gone viral and have touched the hearts of thousands in the Facebook community, single parent or not.
Facebook: Richard Johnson
In a follow-up Facebook post, Johnson shares more on his early days as a single father, admitting they were incredibly tough. “I spent more than a few nights holding my little girl as she slept, weeping because I wasn’t sure I was going to be a good enough father for her,” he writes. “One night in particular was the night she first crawled. She came to me and laid her tiny little hand on my cheek and stared into my eyes. I took it as ‘Come on Daddy, we have a lot to do.’ So I told her no more crying for either of us and we were going to fight to be happy. We’ve kept true to that promise.”
Persephone is one lucky girl to have a daddy like Richard in her life. Way to inspire men across the world with your selfless fatherhood and unconditional love for your baby girl!