It has been my distinct pleasure to watch the man I married become a father. Two years ago, we celebrated his first Father’s Day with Zinashi halfway around the globe. This Sunday, we celebrate his third Father’s Day with his second daughter halfway around the globe. Seeing Jarod anticipate the arrival of his children is a treat, and even better is watching him love his daughter in the flesh. These past two years have been amazing, and I cannot wait to see him connect with Elvie and forge his own special bond with her.
This past week, Jarod has had to stay downtown for work, and when Zinashi realized the first evening that he wouldn’t be coming home with us to sleep, she starting wailing. From downtown to our neighborhood, the entire train heard about her undying love for the man she calls Ababi. “I need Ababi, my favorite guy!” she cried, “Ababi, my favorite man!” In honor of our Ababi, our favorite guy, our favorite man, I’ve collected my favorite photos of him and Zinashi from his very first day as a father to today.