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What a Father Means to Me

July 3, 2019

Fenwick soon-to-be senior Patrick Feldmeier '20 wrote this essay for the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative. Patrick was honored, along with his older brother, Danny (Class of 2018), on June 6 at the Union League Club in Chicago:


Patrick '20 (left) and Danny Feldmeier '18 with their Dad, Bob, before his untimely death seven years ago.

“One, two, three: Hi Daddy, we love you and we miss you.” (Mom always adds, ‘You’re in my heart, Sweetie.’)

These are the words my family says after grace every time we sit down for dinner. And simultaneously look at the open seat at the head of the table. Our hearts yearn for the man that God called up to Heaven seven years ago: Dad. It sends a shiver up my spine saying the word out loud, yet his presence still resonates in my family. 



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