An interview with my dad.

In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to introduce you to the man who has, for the last 28 years, played a massive role in my life.  A walking ball of contradictions, he’s a pastor and a rock star, a farmer and a scholar, an outdoorsman and an entrepreneur.

I’ve heard it said: “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.”

On that note, I present to you a special Father’s Day interview with my Dad.

What’s your name?

John Richard McDuffie, Jr.

How old are you?

54

Whose daddy are you?

Yours(28), Catherine’s(22), Sarah’s(29)

Dad in the 70s, before he was a dad. And before he was completely bald.

Rumor has it I am the only one of your three daughters who is not adopted.  Please comment.

Absolutely true.

You found out you were going to be a dad just a couple of months after you married my (hot) mom.  How did you feel?

Scared.

Mom says I was a surprise too.  Is she lying?

Yes, she lies all the time.

How did you feel when you found out Mom was pregnant again?

Happy.

How did you feel when I was another girl?

Happy.

What’s your favorite memory from when I was little?

You would sit in my lap for hours, and were very happy doing it.

Dad as my basketball coach, circa 1990 (I'm the giant on the back left, and my big sister Sarah is in the front row, 2nd from right).

What’s your favorite thing about being a dad?

Having pretty little girls hug me.

About having daughters?

Having pretty little girls hug me.

If I had been a boy, what would you have named me?

If it had been my choice, John Richard McDuffie III.  Or Buck.

What has been the hardest part of being a dad?

The empty nest.

What do you think are the most important things you’ve taught me?

That God loves you- and I learned you some good music.

What has being a dad taught you?

Humility.

Did you know I used to fake sick in middle school and stay home to watch American Movie Classics all day in the red recliner?

Not surprised- you were a very good faker… and persistent too.  But you were cute.

Who’s your favorite?

You are, of course.

That’s what’s I thought.

Dad, walking me down the aisle three years ago. A few minutes later, he married me to my best friend.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Author: Faith

Faith Dwight is a photographer and a writer. She is a Southern American girl living just north of London with her British husband, Simon and their two halfling sons.

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