Michael Mendizza

Writer, Filmmaker

The Child Creates the Father


Fathers, Parenting

Becoming a father is a profound stage in one’s personal development, more powerful than any adult mentor or teacher. Becoming a father elicits and demands entirely new senses, perceptions and behaviors that lay dormant, latent until awakened by the visceral experience of complete altruistic love, care, respect and affection. None of this is conceptual or intellectual. It runs deep, like the blood in one’s veins. Nor is any of this is part of the child’s intent or experience, therefore hidden.

Children are simply doing what children do. There is no father without the child. They are inseparable, one giving rise to the other. I honor and deeply appreciate all the many and unknowable gifts that loving you have brought. For my teachers…

Michael Mendizza