Several of the most profound responses I received, was from two of my adult male friends. They wanted to meet with me and hear more of my thoughts and feelings after meeting my biological dad, Larry Woodson. Over the phone they shared that they had never met their biological fathers and were moved by my openness. We all agreed to meet the following week.
I wish to share our conversations with hope that our stories might help other men make peace within regarding their fathers not being present in their lives. My experiences with my grandfather, William Henry Roddy, and meeting my biological father, were positive experiences for me as a youth growing in Chicago in the 60’ and 70’s. We hope that in sharing our conversations we can understand the powerful bond and influence fathers have on sons.
Next week, the conversations!
Co-Founder of an non-profit organization with broad experience in all aspects of reduction of recidivism among at-risk youth through detailed program development. Bill is also a speaker, entrepreneur and author of Manhood From The Hood, his memoir, which recalls the no-nonsense, masculine ideals Bill learned from his grandfather.