Featured Dads

Featured Dad: “Gone 20 years, but still look up to him…”

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Dr. Dawn Mengel from Queen Vernita’s Visitors educational adventure talks about her father.

Tell us about a father or father-figure in your life who have changed the way you show up in the world?

My father was one of the best men that I’ve ever known. He taught us about being a strong family. He has been gone 20 years but my children still look up to him and gauge their decisions based on how grandpa would do it . He taught us about adventure and respect .

Was their impact on your life positive or negative? Why? 

Positive . I was very fortunate to have him as my father

What are the biggest lessons you learned from this person or people? 

Family, adventure , self respect. He helped me build a strong family of my own, my children still refer to him when making decisions . He had a beautiful voice and I can still hear him singing .

What would you want other people to know about showing up as a father based on your experiences? *

You don’t have to be perfect . You just need to be there Any other stories you want to share about this person or people? *Our adventures on his sailboat , his singing , walking me down the aisle