Happy Father’s Day {to the Mother Who Raised Me}

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    Growing up, it was only me and my mom. My parents divorced when I was little and I didn’t see my father much. I’ve seen him once in my adult life and truth be told, the encounter was super awkward since he was basically a stranger to me. There were no daddy/daughter dances when I was little. No homemade Father’s Day cards or gifts. It was just an uncelebrated holiday. As I got older, my mother remarried when I was in college and moved after I graduated, so I don’t really even know my stepdad that well.

    My mom (and stepdad) both walked me down the aisle when I got married. Had it been my preference, it would have just been my mother. She’d been there through it all, raising me practically by herself. (It’s no surprise I’m turning into her as a mother.) She always did her best with just the two of us figuring out life. I couldn’t have asked for more and I truly appreciate all that she has done for me more than she will possibly ever know.

    My daughter has always been and still is a daddy’s girl. I always wonder what that would be like. I’m probably more jealous than resentful. When Father’s Day comes around each year, I wish a Happy Father’s Day to my husband (the father of my three wonderful kids), my father-in-law, my stepdad and all the dads that I know, but I still can’t relate to all those who wish their fathers a Happy Father’s Day. Even typing the word out looks strange to me, like it’s a misspelled word.

    So this year and every year, Happy Father’s Day to my mom and all of the other mothers out there who take on both roles for whatever reason. We are so thankful for you.

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    Mee Jean Sasine
    Mee Jean is a mom of three who is married to her high school sweetheart. They met at the high school they both attended in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia and married in July 2004. Mee Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia while her husband, Greg, graduated from The University of South Carolina (House Divided!). Together, they have three children: Alyssa (8), Jacob (7) and Isaac (1). Mee Jean moved to Columbia in 2002. Once wondering how she could live in a small town, she now embraces it and loves her home in Blythewood. She is a marketing analyst at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and loves being involved in the community and making Columbia the best place for her kids to grow up in. As a current classmate in the Leadership Columbia Class of 2017, she has learned so much about Columbia. Mee Jean loves going to local events with her family like the Soda City Farmers Market, Crawfish Festival and Vista Lights to name a few. She also enjoys supporting local businesses around the city. Mee Jean loves hanging out with her girlfriends (for dinner or brunch or bunco), reading, watching Georgia football, running races (whether it be 5ks or Spartans), taking pictures and making memories (lots of selfies and hashtags), shopping, relaxing with some wine by the pool and sleeping. 

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