At the beginning of 2015, a man named Richard Johnson welcomed his beautiful daughter into the world. They named her Persephone and within just a month her mother had decided to run away with her daughter to California.
But soon after, she had made up her mind to abandon her daughter as well. She sent threats to her Richard that should put their daughter up for adoption if he wasn’t able to immediately come to pick up his baby.
Who knows what that little newborn girl went through in those few short weeks, going through so much emotional unrest in her first experiences of life. First losing her father and being taken to a new unknown place, and then being abandoned by her mother.
The new dad, who was only 21 at the time, didn’t hesitate. He boarded a plane and retrieved his daughter, glad to have her back in his arms and where he knew she was safe.
But reality set in for this young man when he realized, he did not truly know just how he was going to take care of this child alone.
Richard suspects that the sudden disappearance of Persephone’s mother may have been related to post-partum depression, a common state of emotional distress following the sharp drop in hormones of pregnancy and childbirth.
But Richard was now finding himself thrown into the unknown. He had been totally unprepared to be a single father to a newborn baby girl, who needed him to care for her every need.
He became terrified, wondering whether he could really do this alone. He started searching for advice on fatherhood when he found a Facebook group named “Life of Dad”. This was the starting point when he realized he was not alone. There were other fathers out there who were young, single, and raising a child alone.
It was an utter breakthrough for Richard, as he realized he did have the power to take care of this precious child of his and that it wasn’t impossible for him to still be an awesome dad.
He saved his daughter’s life and later shares his story on the page he first found, where the touching story spread like wildfire.
He says in his story ” 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.
I had read 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.
The page started to turn into a major confidence booster and really helped me through all of this.
We’re both very happy now and continue to grow together every day.
She’s now 10 months, and I now get asked by my friends for parenting advice constantly.
We’ve come a long way, my daughter and me, and we definitely owe part of that to this page and the people within it.
So from both of us, we wanted to thank you.”
But their story does not end here. After all this time, Richard finally found someone to be with who loves his daughter. Meeting over picking out clothes for Persephone, when he asked for advice for creating matching outfits for her.
After months of talking, she finally met Persephone. And it did not take long for Persephone to decide that she wanted this woman to be her new mom.
Although Persephone did not normally enjoy the company of women, as she was mostly accustomed to her father and his friends, she desperately cried to be held by Jennifer.
Now they are together, as a family they dreamed to be. There is no one else that Persephone knows as Mommy. They have bonded so strongly, and Jennifer leaves a lasting positive imprint on Persephone’s personality.
It just goes to show that just when you think life is over, another page turns and you realize its just a new chapter of your life beginning.
Now he’s helping give back that spark of hope that he had first found, by sharing with the world that it is possible to be a single dad, and that life goes on, even in those darkest moments.