By Calvin Dyson
On my first Father’s Day, I can’t help but think of my own father. A man I’ve heard everything about, but sadly, I don’t remember. When I was just a baby, he was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Today, I feel more connected to my father than ever before. I now know from experience a father’s love. In these last 10 months, I’ve known a feeling I’ve ever known. I’ve felt love, accountability, and responsibility, for a precious boy I now call my son.
Ah, I think this is what my father must have felt when he was alive.
Now, more than anything, with this newfound purpose in my life, I simply want my adopted son to know he can do anything in this world. In these past months, he’s grown in ways he couldn’t have dreamed of before. He’s learned a new language and is preserving as hard as he can through school. I often remind him, that no matter how hard it feels, he’s smart, he’s intelligent, he’s hilarious, he will succeed. And I will be right here with him.
I remind him that from the very beginning I knew he would be my son. But the experience wasn’t easy. I went through the strenuous process of paperwork and travel before I brought him home. I want James to know the blessing he is and that I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
James thought he’d never get adopted before meeting me. And now I am always in awe of his pride in being my son. He always says, “I love you Dad” and gives me hugs, even in front of his friends. My 13-year-old is not embarrassed to express his feelings and I am proud of him.
If you are thinking about hosting or adopting a child, just as unique and resilient as my James, don’t wait. Do it now. I will volunteer my help.
Because of James, I’m extremely happy to celebrate my first Father’s Day! To all Dads, Happy Father’s Day!
Calvin and James met at a Summer Miracles advocacy event in 2018. They formed an immediate bond and Calvin knew he wanted to one day ask this fun and intelligent boy to be his son. After James returned to Colombia, they got to know each other more through regular Skype calls as Calvin worked towards adopting him.
In September of 2019, Calvin brought James home.