I was born in Jamaica.
So I really love being by the water.
The first time I came to the Beaches was a really happy memory for me.
Canada Day 2005.
It was with my wife on our first family outing. With a limousine stroller.
Not every memory is easy for me though.
I brought my kids here once, and they were riding their bikes. I was so excited to be that father. To have that moment.
I briefly couldn’t find one of my sons.
The anxiety I felt was awful.
I felt like a fraud. Especially because of the work I do with black fathers.
But I love this place.
Being by the water gives me life.
And reminds me of home.
Thanks to Brandon for sharing his story. Check out his organization, The Black Daddies Club, a group devoted to developing a support system and address issues facing black fathers, and working with the media to promote alternative images of black fathers.
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