My Top 3 Reasons Why I Celebrate My Husband on Father’s Day
Posted by LaKisha DeVoe Riddick on Jun 19th, 2016
Father’s Day can be a bittersweet holiday for me. I lost my father to cancer 26 years ago. Not a day goes by, where I don’t think of him. I was able to honor my dad’s legacy and influence on my journey of transformation in my guest blog post here. But I also have another person to celebrate for their influence and support on my journey; my husband, Carlton Riddick. I have a gazillion reasons. But I’ll just share my top 3 in this post. :-)
Our Wedding Day – July 26, 1997
I met Carlton online in October 1995 on America On-line. Remember the AOL CD’s that offered the free trials? Remember dial-up for internet access? Remember long-distance bills charges? LOL Well, we suffered through all of that to make a genuine connection online. It wasn’t a romantic at first. We met in a chat room called, NetNoir. We discussed all topics in this room. From relationships, to business, to politics. It was a great way to meet people all over the country and connect.
After we met, we would chat online and talk on the phone for hours about anything and everything. (I actually have a saved transcript of our first conversations.) We became good friends. But I never thought the relationship would progress to another level because of distance (I lived in CT and he lived in GA). I also didn’t believe that we could have a real relationship when we hadn’t even met in person. Back then, we didn’t have the technology to take pics with your phone. LOL I had to physically scan a picture or send one via snail mail. But Carlton was still interested in pursuing a relationship with me, even though I didn’t have a picture. In fact, he told me that he didn’t need to see a picture of me to know that he loved me. SWOON!!!
Of course, I was scared. All of this seemed too good to be true. Here’s a God-fearing, handsome, intelligent man pursuing me even without seeing me? I didn’t want my heart to be broken again. But Carlton assured me that when you know, you just know. He dedicated Brian McKnight’s song, “You” to me:
“For once, in my life
I finally found what I was looking to find
When I first, saw your eyes
I saw right through your heart
And climbed into your mind
I never thought I would ever have the thing
I believe other lovers do
Now I do
Baby with you
All my life I’ve been waiting for you
And there ain’t no mistaken it’s true
I’ve been saving forever for you
Girl my only desire is you
Baby I’m so on fire for you
It’s not hard to believe, I love you”
“For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”
I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful children. I am also the creator and Radio Talk Show Host of the online talk show Share My World Show where I share my journey of transformation to inspire and encourage others to begin their own transformation.
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