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To Fathers, Just Because



To Fathers, Just Because©
Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.
June 19, 2021

To all the fathers who did their best
To do it right, to rise to the test
To all the dads be they one or two
Straight, Trans or Gay,
in the red, white and blue
To all the father figures
All permutations galore
Mentor, role model, teacher
One thing I know for sure
It you reached down deep
Into that scary place
Threw expectations out the window
Allowed your heart to race
While you loved your child
Unconditionally
Whatever he, she, them
Turned out to be
Then bravo to you
For you did it right
You did it pure
You fought the good fight
You saved your child from a terrible fate
For you chose to love
and not berate
You loved your child
just because
That is enough
APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!

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A celebration to fathers, in all their permutations, who support their children just for who they were born to be.

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Gary Shulman, MS. Ed.

Gary Shulman, MS. Ed. has spent a lifetime supporting vulnerable families and children. He began his career working with children with and without disabilities in an inclusive Head Start program in Brooklyn NY. He then transitioned to become the Special Needs and Early Childhood Coordinator for the Brooklyn Children's Museum for 10 years. His passion for advocacy grew as he worked more and more with parents of children with disabilities. For over 24 years he passionately advocated for the needs of these parents as the Social Services and Training Director for Resources for Children with Special Needs, Inc. in NYC. The last 8 years of his working life, Mr. Shulman served as a private Special Needs Consultant conducting hundreds of training sessions throughout NYC and beyond to help parents and professionals find and access the services and systems required to facilitate maximizing the potential of their children with disabilities. Now Mr. Shulman is happily retired in Palm Springs CA, but still volunteers his time any way he can to provide information to those in need of his expertise. Today, Gary enjoys sharing his poetry that he passionately writes with the goal of leaving this world a better place one word at a time. more…

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