Friday, July 11, 2008

New Clip! Fatherhood as Salvation

Sometimes the process of making this film is like a magnet for all things dad. Such is the case with finding Ralph Benitez, a Bronx native, who I happened to come across while on a camping trip at Harriman State Park a few weeks back.

We happened to be washing dishes together at a public sink near our campsites when Ralph spoke of how fatherhood had saved his life. There's so much more to Ralph and his amazing family and filming continues; but here is a brief sampling of what this special dad has to say about first becoming a father. I hope it touches you as deeply as it did me.


David said...

Thank you Mr. Benitez for sharing your touching dad story. No doubt your family is a strong one and the love of your life. All the best to you!

Thank you Dana for bringing this uplifting story our way. So many dads..., so many stories..., so much to be thankful for.

Widener said...

I liked this clip. It touched me. I will be giving a paper on caring fathers (fathers who are actively involved in parenting) at the American Sociological Association's annual meeting this August in Boston. Would be interested in sharing information. Feel free to contact me. Anmarie Widener, MSW, Ph.D.

Anonymous said...

That was an absolutley incredible story depicting the power of Fatherhood/love. I truly believe that the when man accepts and becomes a father. He is in his true natural state of "man". Mr. Benitez in undertsnad exactly how you feel. God bless you and thank you for sharing

Lamar Jr.

Stephen F said...

A very moving story. I look forward to hearing more about him and his family as this project moves forward. Thanks for bringing this positive message and story to us.