Ahead of Father’s Day 2020, we talked to Foyer student and resident Benjamin on how living in a Foyer has improved his relationship with his Father and what the day means to him.
How long have you been living at the in Foyer?
I have lived at the Shepparton Education First Youth Foyer for around 6 months. I moved in on the 10th of March 2020.
How has your relationship improved with your Dad since living in the Foyer?
Since moving into the foyer my relationship with my Dad has improved a lot, we are no longer arguing over nothing and I actually look forward to spending time with him, unlike when I was living with him.
What does Father’s Day mean to you?
To me Father’s Day is a special day to celebrate the important “father” figures and what they do and have done for us. It’s also a day to show them how much of a crucial part they play in our lives.
What is something you’ve learnt from your Father?
I have learnt a lot from my father, but the most significant thing would be that no matter where we are in life, no matter who we are or what we are, that we are always going to have family, whether it be, beside us or in our hearts/memories. My dad has always believed in me and never once has he doubted me or anything I can do – that is why I have become the strong person I am today. For that I thank him.
Me and my Dad may not always see eye to eye, but I know at the end of the day I’ll always have him and he will always have me. That’s how family works. He is one of the strongest people I know and whilst I was growing up he would always put us kids first. At a young age my parents separated, I will always remember how dad put us kids first, rather than searching to find someone to share his life with. He has shown me my strengths and also helped me overcome my weaknesses and fears.
Thank you, Dad.