Here on my blog, I share a lot about my life. Aptly so! It is my space to influence and in some ways to heal. Here I share my scars, and, in a few cases, I navigate through some throbbing wounds with you.
Pearls from our Father (PFOF) is different. It is a project about you and your fathers, because as much as I enjoy sharing from my life, mine is not the only story to tell. It is also not the only story I want to tell. Though Pearls from our Fathers was born of a personal experience with my father [see video below], it is about you and your fathers. It is your stories, experiences, and perspectives.
What then is Pearls from our Fathers (PFOF)?
It is a story project that shares stories about our fathers told from our point of view.
The project will start out on Instagram and Facebook using visuals (photos) and stories (captions). The stories will present honest and diverse perspectives about fatherhood and a wide range of fathers from biological fathers and stepfathers to the fathers we gained through adoption. Stories about present and absent fathers, and of single, deceased, hardworking, addicted, deadbeat, incarcerated, abusive, and loving fathers are welcome. My goal is to highlight the pearls our fathers give us and the pearls we’ve had to dig up from the rough, ugly and flawed experiences with our fathers. You will hear stories from people who have great relationships with their fathers, people struggling with their relationship with their fathers, and those who don't have pearls or can’t seem to find pearls. These stories come from places of questioning, resolution, love, peace, hurt, healing, pain, joy and maybe even anger. Many of the stories are not complete or resolved, and many will dangle
Ultimately, I hope Pearls from our Fathers changes the culture and conversation around fatherhood and fathers. I hope it turns the hearts of fathers back to their children, and the hearts of children back to their fathers.
I hope these stories inspire you, convict you, push you and empower you whether you are a father, a child, both or even a mother.