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 divorced mom of three amazing kids: Alyssa, (11), Jacob (10) and Isaac (4). She moved to Columbia in 2002 after graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Once wondering how she could live in a small town, she now embraces it and loves her home in Northeast Columbia. She is a Marketing Proposal Manager 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 board member on the Leadership Columbia Advisory Board and a graduate of Leadership Columbia Class of 2017, she has learned so much about Columbia. Mee Jean loves going to local events and supporting businesses around the city. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her friends, 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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