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Father figures

Hi, My name is Bev Smith. I am a single, widowed mother with two young sons to raise yet, out of five. Dan and Dave are 17 and 13 now. They lost their father three years ago this February, to cancer.
I wanted to publicly thank some of the dedicated men here in our community for the support Ive felt through some of our excellent programs.
I was sitting in bed with my morning coffee one day last week before the rush of showers, lunches, finding homework and getting the boys off to school and myself to work. I was overcome to tears with such a thankfulness and a peaceful feeling that all will be well with my boys.
I never really knew how tough single parenthood was until I had to walk a few hundred miles in those shoes. The daily struggles of adolescent angers, the frustrations of lack of finances, the emotional trauma of feeling no one is supporting you and helping you. Raising boys into men is a difficult task to say the least. Good, honorable, strong men to be a part in our families and communities.
So I wanted to use this forum to thank some people. Our high school has some very wonderful teachers and leaders. Thank you for all you do.
The new ROTC program has made such a measurable difference in my sons life, helping to give him direction, self-discipline and purpose.
Another excellent program has been the Explorers program with the Arlington Police Department.
Boys seem to need men to lead them because every mother knows there comes that time when you must step back and let your sons soar, take your hands off, except for an encouraging hug here and there.
So I want to thank these men in our midst for taking these young men and boys to greater heights and leading and taking time with them.
For the struggles to maturity for our sons and daughters in this somewhat fatherless society are like a war zone right here in our big cities and country towns.
I thank God for you men who are making a difference and I thank Him that He promises to be a Father to the Fatherless. But He still needs willing hearts to carry out His plans.
Thank you so much,
Bev Smith
Arlington

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