So many stories start with a father leaving his family to pursue his dreams, new love interest or selfishness. You don’t hear many stories that start with a mother abandoning her baby and husband. Well get ready because this story is about to break your heart.
In January Richard Johnson’s daughter Persephone was born, and his life was changed forever. With this new addition Richard was the happiest he had ever been, until Richard’s wife ran away with their new baby to California.
Why? Everything seemed perfect…she was suffering from postpartum depression. She reached out to Richard and threatened if he didn’t come get the baby right away that she was putting her up for adoption.
After he brought her home he was faced with a whole new set of problems. He never raised a child before. How in the world was he going to function as a single father? Richard did what most of us do these days he turned to Facebook. He found a page called Life of Dad that was dedicated to other single dads.
With this group Richard’s life turned around, He shared his journey on the page. It was the most heartfelt testimonies I’ve heard.
“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 postpartum 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.”
“After reading every ‘new parent’ book I could find and clocked in over 1,000 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.”