Purchase Amos And I : The Unique Contributions Of A Father
“One of the toughest things a child experiences is to live disconnected or estranged from his or her father.” ~Doreen L. Upshaw
It was 4:00 AM, a time when most of the world was sleeping. Not me, my thoughts of times since a little girl, a searching teenager, a young lady, a young adult, and now a grown woman were being written on paper to form the realization of just how important it was to have my father in my life. A story I felt proud of, and yet struggled to write for more than ten years. How do I take all that was good and flawed about him and turn it into something honorable.
In Amos and I, Doreen shares the wisdom of her father’s story with honesty, love and yes, honor. She takes you along on their family’s journey from their small apartment in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, through her father’s death, and along her life discovery as she began seeing how his contributions as a father made her more self aware.
“My mother was everything I could have wanted in a mother, but she was limited: she could never have been my father.” ~Doreen L. Upshaw
“Writers write that’s what they do!” says accomplished professional Doreen L. Upshaw. Since age twelve, Doreen has enjoyed using her writing ability, unique storytelling and vocal style, along with her theatrical gifts to convey and connect people to the honesty of her story and experiences. As a mother, speaker, friend and advocate for fatherhood. Doreen loves to make people think. As a leader and professional, Doreen has served in the military, has an educational background and degrees in; Early childhood education and family development, Community Ministry and Professional Counseling. Doreen has devoted her career to giving direction and oversight to many youth and family oriented programs for the betterment of her community.
Come meet with other fathers on a bi-monthly to discuss the issues and concerns of fatherhood. The Father Forum is facilitated by Bruce Grover Sr and regularly attended by men from all over the city. The Father Forum host regular fatherhood events and it supports fathers having opportunity to enjoy themselves with gift cards, game tickets and more! Check the Father’s Matter group page on Facebook for upcoming forum information.
My vision in starting a Facebook group is to support fathers and father figures in their fatherhood journey. However, my passion is to encourage any father who is not in his children’s life to begin again. You matter!
YOU MATTER! You matter so much! I want fathers to see their value to their children. I want mothers, whether in relationship with the father of their children or not, to see the value of having a father or father figure in their children’s lives. I have no idea what it takes to be a father. My passion comes from my experience as a daughter. Having my father in my life showed me how vitally important he was to me. To every man out there who knows he is a father.
To the absent or estranged father, my hope is that you will see the value of being in your child’s life and that you will use the contents of this group to encourage you forward to begin again. My hope is that you will decide to take the step toward developing a relationship with your child. That you will rethink your position in your child’s life, and that you will see the uniqueness and value of your contribution.
To the father who is present, my hope is that you will see the good, the wisdom and the triumph in living out your life with your children. What you give to them cannot be given by anyone else!
I’d love for you to join us! Fathers Matter!
Offering confidential, private and affordable therapy and coaching services for individuals, family’s, marriage and children (play therapy). Art therapy is also available for adults and children.
Call Christian Counseling Collaborative at 1-888-222-2575 (Request Doreen as your therapist)
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