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    Posted July 16, 2013 by
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    Don't call me Mr. Mom!

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    I am Dad


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JosephAC is a full-time dad of a 14-month-old son and a part-time personal chef in San Diego, California. He said a lot of people doubted his abilities as a father when his son was first born, but not anymore. He said he wanted to be 'the best, most caring father I can ... because mine was not.'
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    Dear Son,

    I cried to your heartbeat. I played you music in the womb. I am Dad.

    I coached your birth. It was perfect. I am Dad.

    I cried when I first saw you. I kissed your forehead. I am Dad.

    I put your first diaper on. You never left my side. I am Dad.

    I wake, bathe, feed, change, clothe, clean, shop, cook. I look forward to every day. I am Dad.

    I will never belittle, hit, berate, forget, or leave you like my father did. I am Dad.

    I will nurture, support, encourage, motivate, and uphold. I am Dad.

    You sit high on my shoulders. When there is danger, I will shield you. I am Dad.

    I will pack your lunch, walk you to school, help you with homework. I will teach you. I am Dad.

    I will not give in, relinquish, surrender, or be shamed by stereotypes. I stand tall. I am Dad.

    Together we will cry, laugh, and live. I am Dad.

    I am a man. You are my son. I am proud. I am Dad.

    No words can express my love. I am Dad.

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