Jamaican men, be fathers to all
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I read with concern the story, 'I'm not a father anymore', published in The Gleaner of Monday, June 18, 2012. It recalls one Mickelta Nicholas' statement after his girlfriend had a miscarriage.
While his genuine pain deserves compassion and understanding, some other pertinent issues emerged for me.
I would like to remind Jamaican men that we always have the precious opportunity to be caring, protective, and exemplary 'fathers' to children who enter our space at any time and in any place.
We have enough examples to remind us that biologically fathering a child is no indication of capacity to love, respect, care, and protect children anywhere at any time! Many of the world's best fathers have never biologically produced children. Yet, they have made positive and indelible marks on the lives of children, often more than any one man might have in a lifetime.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Let every Jamaican man be a positive presence for children. Let every man know that he is a father whose God-given role includes sharing with the less fortunate without anticipation of reward. Are there children in your neighbourhood who might be inspired, just because of the way you live?
Maybe you have very little materially, but they see that you look out for them on the roads. You notice that child who may be in danger and you hasten your footsteps to get closer so that you may be a protective presence.
You treat women respectfully and so little boys and girls will actually observe that it is all right to treat others with care and concern, and to expect the same in return.
We are all fathering effectively, if we therefore see that all children are 'our' children.