Single Dad Who Went Viral After Mom Abandoned Baby Says the Family Is Done Posting Updates
I kind of feel like single dads get the short end of the stick. It can be awkward to take your kid to a playground full of moms, or to host a playdate when you know some parents are uncomfortable with the thought of leaving their daughter with just you, a single man.
It’s also true that we’re members of a society that puts single moms on a pedestal while kind of looking down on dads who do the parenting thing on their own. That’s probably why we love stories where single dads triumph over hardship and come out on top. Plus, who doesn’t love it when dads go above and beyond to be loving, caring, and devoted to their kids?
Richard Johnson’s story was one that many parents could identify with, and one that touched many hearts.
Back in 2015, Richard introduced himself to the Facebook group Life of Dad. He wrote,
Life of Dad,
My name is Richard Johnson, and I’m a single father to a beautiful little girl named Persephone. Her mother left about a month after she was born. We still don’t know exactly why, but we suspect post-partum depression played a part. In the first few weeks of it being just her and me, I stumbled upon your page by accident. I was so nervous and scared about being a father in general, but now I was a single father and had to fulfill two roles. I wasn’t sure I could do it.
I had read every “new parent” book I could find and clocked in over 1000 hours in YouTube videos from everything to braiding hair and painting nails to theories on how to deal with common parental issues. I then started to watch your page more closely and saw that there were other fathers out there who were in similar predicaments as me. The page started to turn into a major confidence booster and really helped me through all of this.
I always look forward to photo submissions and reading the stories of some of the awesome dads out there in this community. You truly helped my daughter and me through a very difficult time.
We’re both very happy now and continue to grow together everyday. She’s now 10 months, and I now get asked by my friends for parenting advice constantly. We’ve come a long way, my daughter and me, and we definitely owe part of that to this page and the people within it. So from both of us, we wanted to thank you.
Persephone & Richard Johnson
The post got close to 100k Likes, and it opened up a conversation where other parents shared their stories.
A strong community is crucial when it comes to single parenting. After all, as Richard himself explained, it was reading about others in a similar situation that helped him persevere with Persephone in the months after her mom abruptly left.
In fact, the Life of Dad post got so much attention that Richard posted a heartwarming and vulnerable follow-up about how humbled he was by the internet’s comments.
“You truly can’t understand how much everyone’s words mean to me. I am constantly criticizing myself on how I can be a better father and this was just the right medicine I needed,” he shared.
He continues, “The days have been rough and at times I wasn’t sure I could make it another day. I spent more then a few nights holding my little girl as she slept, weeping because I wasn’t sure I was going to be a good enough father for her.”
*cries silently into computer*
The internet displayed such a tenderness and affection for Richard’s story that he decided to start a Facebook page exclusively dedicated to documenting their father-daughter journey.
Over the years, Richard has opened up about medical hardships Persephone endured, and how she came out resilient.
“I am proud to announce after a 3 hour long ultrasound, grunts and groans from our Doctor. Miss Persephone Lilith Johnson’s heart is now at 100% health,” he wrote one day.
He even shared some funny memes, proving that he’ll no doubt be a pretty cool dad to grow up around.
They celebrated her birthdays in the most adorable ways possible, with her dad — who has an obvious knack for moving us to tears with his words — sharing updates like this one:
One year and 24 minutes ago. My beautiful baby girl was born. She changed my entire life. Breathed new hope into a broken man. Gave me hope for a better future. You calmed a storm within me. I can never understand how such luck was bestowed upon me. I certainly did not deserve it.
Miss Persephone Lilith, you are so deeply loved by so many people. You sparked an incredible amount of hope and love. They say the child learns for the parent, however I feel I am learning more from you than you ever could from me. I look at you and can’t just help feel like everything will work out the way it should. Oh princess, this year with you has head so much for us. We have met so many wonderful and beautiful people. You’ve captured the heart of each. Persephone, I haven’t been the greatest guy for a majority of my life, I was a man you would have not been proud of. I strive everyday to make sure I can be one you’ll be proud of. So you will know without a single doubt in your mind that you are severely loved.
I love you so very much. You’re painfully perfect and I just cannot express how grateful I am to have you.
I’m going to give you the world one day Miss Lilith. I’ll work myself to death to do it. Everything you can ever want will be yours or I’m going to die trying.
Happy birthday my angel. Don’t ever lose the joy you hold in your heart and never forget to smile.
In the two or so years since she was born, over five thousand people around the world have followed along as she took important calls, put on cool outfits, and ate very delicious food.
We even watched as precious Persephone (Percy, as they occasionally nickname her) got a new mom. In a heartwarming post about a year and a half into running his Facebook page, Richard posted:
“This lovely lady is my girlfriend and Persephone wonderful and gorgeous Mother Jennifer. We’ve waited a while to have anything on this page however Jennifer has been an amazing mother to Persephone.”
He shares how the two met at a mall when she helped him pick clothes for Persephone.
I explained that I wasn’t sure what actually matched and need some pointers considering my own closet had consisted of nothing but black, faded black, and dark black clothes. We had talked for months before I allowed her to meet Persephone. Upon meeting her Persephone had made the choice that this would be her mommy.
Since then, we’ve been witness to some fun family caricatures, Halloween costumes, and hockey games. To all the thousands of followers who have been there from the beginning, the Johnsons feel like family.
Which is why many were sad when Richard revealed earlier this month that he would stop posting on the page.
“It saddens me to announce that we will no longer be updating this page nor responding to anything. We have decided to let the page go silent. I will certainly save everything so Persephone can see everything when it’s finally time to tell her the story,” he wrote.
Most of you have been here from the beginning and all our your heartfelt messages have meant so much to us. However it has come time to let this page go. After recent events, we will not be continuing with the page. We have had an extraordinary journey thus far and it’s certainly not over yet. I’m purging our lives of a few things and realize that would have to include this page.
It’s possible we will pick the page up again some other time down the line. You have all made a “chapter” in the book we call life.
I thank you all again for everything. Take care and keep writing your own story! It’s never truly over.
As Richard shared on his page years ago, “Life isn’t about when the book ends, it’s about how you decide to start the next story in your series.”
We wish you a great next story, Richard and Persephone!
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A Little Girl Left Her Stuffed Animal At An Airport And It Went On Quite An Adventure
Remember your beloved stuffed animal, the one you slept with, and dressed up, and dragged around everywhere until it basically disintegrated? Perhaps it survived your childhood and still sits on a shelf, as a beloved reminder of a more innocent time. Or maybe you lost it somewhere, and it was never returned. That’s what happened to my poor stuffed Lamby. Yes, it was a stuffed lamb, who I still think about occasionally. Lamby, where are you?!
I’ll never know. One little girl named Gussie was saved from this devastation after leaving her favorite stuffed animal at the Norfolk Airport. Her mother, Kelly Bridges, wrote on Facebook that not only did the airport find the stuff animal, Cookie Dough, they made Gussie a special surprise: a little book showing all its adventures out on the town.
Bridges wrote: “Guys…Gussie lost her ‘Cookie Dough’ favorite stuffed animal at the airport last week. I called the airport to let them know, and they called us later to say they found it! She went to pick it up today and they gave her this book and I about cried. Norfolk International Airport, you all are awesome.”
The booklet showed Gussie not only that it was ok for her to lose her stuffed animal, but that Cookie Dough was having the time of its life.
It met some stuffed friends, checked the weather, and sampled some coveted airport merch:
Then, Cookie Dough went for a spin in a very nice car, and even got to ride on the dashboard, though it missed Gussie the whole time.
Cookie Dough even tested out some bigger cars, and got all dressed up for the job. It even met some really nice members of the rescue squad.
Cookie Dough got recruited to work as a police bear for a day, which seems like a big responsibility.
And even got to drive some fancy, airport-only vehicles:
Cookie Dough learned how to self-check for a flight, which, as we all know, is a very important skill:
Cookie Dough also adventured in ways a kid definitely shouldn’t. Stuffed animals have more leeway for stunts, though.
And Cookie Dough got snacks!
The stuffed dog took a really extensive tour of all the airport areas most of us never get to see:
Then almost got recruited again, this time for a different role:
But it was finally time to say goodbye to all its new friends and go home to Gussie:
Like everybody, Cookie Dough did experience some down time at the airport, but waiting around is part of the experience.
The booklet was made specifically by the Norfolk Airport Police, which makes me think that this may be the safest airport in America.
They seem to have a lot of time on their hands:
And they used it to make one little girl very, very happy:
But Cookie Dough: don’t go wandering aimlessly again.
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Donald Trump Just Went After Stephen Colbert On Twitter
By Collin Gosell
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President Donald Trump had a very busy Thursday, May 11th. First, he claimed he had invented the term “prime the pump.” This claim was quickly shot down by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, who tweeted out some quick info:
Then, directly contradicting reports from his own White House staff, Trump insisted to NBC Nightly News Anchor Lestor Holt that he was planning on firing Comey “regardless of recommendation:”
What I did is, I was going to fire Comey. My decision… I was going to fire Comey. There’s no good time to do it, by the way… I was going to fire regardless of recommendation. He made a recommendation. He’s highly respected. Very good guy. Very smart guy. The Democrats like him. The Republicans like him. He made a recommendation, but regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey.
And then, in what may be his most insane move yet, President Trump claimed American sweetheart Steven Colbert had “no talent.”
You see a no-talent guy like Colbert. There’s nothing funny about what he says. And what he says is filthy. And you have kids watching. And it only builds up my base. It only helps me, people like him. The guy was dying. By the way they were going to take him off television, then he started attacking me and he started doing better. But his show was dying. I’ve done his show… But when I did his show, which by the way was very highly rated. It was high — highest rating. The highest rating he’s ever had.
Wow. There’s a lot to unpack in President Trump’s statement. First, the “filth” Trump mentioned is most likely referencing a recent controversial monologue in which Colbert said the only thing the president’s mouth is good for is “being Vladimir Putin’s c*** holster.” The joke jump-started the #FireColbert movement, and drew considerable ire from both conservatives and LGBTQ activists.
Trump also claimed his episode of The Late Show received the “highest ratings they’ve ever had.” This is not true. The Late Show‘s series premiere had a better rating than Trump’s episode, which aired in September 2015. Also, according to the Hollywood Reporter, “Colbert’s Daily Show reunion episode on Tuesday is pacing to be The Late Show‘s highest rated episode in 19 months.”
Trump also asserted that Colbert’s show “was dying” before the host began attacking Trump. While this is also untrue (The Late Show was the third-most-popular late night program even at its lowest point), there has definitely been an upswing in ratings since Colbert began focusing more on politics. The Late Show has been the highest rated late night program (beating out its closest rival, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show) for 14 consecutive weeks.
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Justin Trudeau is known as Canada's Golden Boy. He's young, kind-hearted, has an open policy for refugees, and is all about charity and giving back to the people. He's also in incredible shape and is super, duper, dreamy.
Donald Trump is the complete opposite.
So the impending meeting between the two of them was one that everyone was desperately looking forward to.
Well it finally happened this past Monday, and although it was just a run-of-the-mill meet and greet between two world leaders, something surfaced.
Namely this amazing photo that was captured right before Trudeau shook Donald Trump's hand.
It was if in that split-second Trudeau couldn't betray himself and revealed what he and much of the world felt about the Donald's presidency.
And, of course, the internet took notice of the photo and had a lot to say about it.
People also noticed that Ivanka was very, very happy to meet the Canadian Prime Minister as well.
But in all honestly, can you blame her?
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Twitter user ThatGuyJigg recently took to Twitter to share perhaps the cutest couple in the would right now — his brother, Justin, and his prom date, Victoria. They're all dressed up for Night to Shine, an “unforgettable prom experience” for special needs kids who might not be able to go their school's prom.
He asked the internet to help them go viral, and the internet obliged, retweeting the post 220,000 times and liking it more than half a million times.
And Justin seems pretty excited about the whole thing.
Someone even drew a sketch of the two.
Mostly, people are just freaking out about how adorable these two are.
We really need some fashion tips from both of them.
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In case you haven’t seen the YouTube videos of their meltdowns, here’s an important fact to remember: vegans don’t eat cheese. So, in order to accommodate a variety of diets, the UK-based supermarket chain Sainsbury’s began carrying a line of coconut milk-based vegan cheese.
It sounds a little gross, but no big deal, right? WRONG.
One woman was NOT about to be duped by manipulative marketing techniques calling vegan cheese “cheese,” so she took to the chain’s Facebook page to speak her mind.
If you’re going to be a vegan don’t call your vegan cheese BECAUSE IT’S NOT CHEESE!!!!! As a real cheese fan myself it’s really annoyed me that Sainsbury’s have brought out a “Vegan Cheese” made with COCONUTS. CHEESE IS NOT MADE WITH COCONUTS. Call it Gary or something don’t call it Cheese because IT’S NOT CHEESE!!!!!! Just to recap, in case you have forgotten — cheese is a delicious food made mostly from the milk of cows but also other animals including sheep, goats, buffalo, reindeer, camels and yaks. Around 4000 years ago people have started to breed animals and process their milk. That’s when the cheese was born. So Sainburys can F off. Go enjoy your cheese less life. Don’t try to make up a substitute cheese and call it cheese because it’s not and you’ve decided your way of life. It’s ridiculous that they’ve used the word cheese!!! Don’t come to my Cheese and Wine Parties if you’re going to eat COCONUT CHEESE. (If you’re allergic to cheese I feel for you) If you’re a Vegan because you’ve chosen to be and not that you’re allergic I’m not interested in your views about vegan cheese or that ‘eating products from animals is bad.’
TBH, we sort of agree a little because NOTHING RUINS WINE AND CHEESE PARTIES LIKE VEGANS WITH THEIR FAKE COCONUT CHEESE. Cheese which we will now refer to only as “Gary or something.”
Attention all vegans: go enjoy your cheeseless life. You and your substitutes are dead to us. Your beliefs are invalid and no one likes you.
Sainsbury’s, our new favorite UK-based supermarket chain, decided to take their dissatisfied customer’s concerns seriously and announced their new line of Gary.
Quality customer service is not dead.
Now the whole Gary thing is catching on everywhere… Because vegans, despite being no fun at wine and cheese parties, actually have a sense of humor.
So, we hope everyone will oblige and accept the name change. Besides, “cheese” was sooo 2015.
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