Kids make mistakes. It’s what they do, and it’s all apart of growing up! Admittedly, some of those mistakes are bigger than others. Some mistakes have consequences that you can never escape, and some will effect the rest of someone’s life. Some are permanent, and some are brief, but the most important thing to remember about all of them is how to act after the mistake has been made. This kid was obviously raised right, and this father was incredibly proud.
I’m a general manager at a car dealership. When my daughter was 17 she went to a party. At that party she met a man and got pregnant. After we found out, she didn’t want to tell us who the father was.
One Sunday afternoon, many months into my daughters pregnancy, I’m sitting outside enjoying the view. I’m sipping on iced tea and getting ready to go in for dinner when this old pick up truck pulls up. A young man jumps out of it.
This young man approaches me and says, “Are you Stacy’s dad?”
I look up and say, “Yes I am, are you here to see her?”
He goes, “no sir I’m here to talk to you, can I sit down?”
He explained that he was an 18-year-old boy who had just finished high school. He wasn’t very “book smart” and didn’t see himself having much of a real future. I had a hunch where this was going.
He then said, “I understand Stacy is pregnant.”
“Yes she is.” I answered.
He said, “I’m the father.”
I replied, “figured as much. So whats going on?”
“Well, sir,” he took a breath before continuing. “I don’t love your daughter, and I shouldn’t have let it all go so far. However, I’m soon to become a father without a good income. I know you run multiple car dealerships and one can make good money selling cars. I want to come work for you so I can make enough money to support my child and be a good father.”
I looked at him after a moment and asked, “What kind of work would you want to do at one of my dealerships?”
“I want to sell cars, I want to be a sales man. I hear you don’t need a degree for that, and if you are willing to work long and hard hours you can make good money.”
I nodded and said, “Yes you can. Now son, you’ve got some nerves coming over here telling me you got my daughter pregnant when you don’t even love her and then asking for a job.”
“I figured this was my best option of finding a job to make enough money to support my kid.”
“I want you to be at my dealership tomorrow in your Sunday best at 8 AM, do you understand?”
“Yes sir.” He answered quickly, but the relief was apparent.
“Now go, I’ll see you tomorrow.”
That was a good 10 years ago. He’s now a manager at one of my top stores, and one of the best hires I ever made. He is also an amazing father of 2 now (he met and married another woman and had a child with her).
He shares custody with my daughter. Now, I’m not saying he didn’t make a mistake, and I’m not saying that their situation is ideal.
But what I can say is that I admire the hell out of that young man for owning up to his responsibilities and being a real father. I know there are a lot of men out there who would not have done the same.
Some people who have read this story think that he made the wrong choice by not trying to love his child’s mother. Others think that giving the child money was not enough. The point of this story is to highlight the fact that he recognized his responsibility and decided to do something about it. He could have pretended that it wasn’t his child. He could have ignored the mother and kid and just went about his life. He chose to take responsibility and work hard. It was an incredibly tough decision, but he followed through! The world needs more people like this!
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