When I was 8 years old, I heard a judge tell my mother that she was unfit to keep her 5 children. When we left the court room in 1978, I promised myself that I would never give a judge the opportunity to tell me I was unfit to be a father. Growing up without a father has made me question my parenting skills and I have made 10,000 mistakes along the way. Unlike my father, I chose to stay around and watch them grow up to become amazing young men. I am not perfect, but I am present in their everyday life and enjoying it while it lasts.