A kind dad spent part of his vacation mowing the lawn for his ex-wife, 28 years after having been divorced.
Codie LaChelle McPhate of Waller, Texas, looked out of her room’s window to see something that deeply moved her heart. Her dad, who was on his vacation to visit her, was outside mowing the front yard for her mom. Codie’s dad and mom have been divorced for more than 28 years, but the kind man wanted to be of help because he knows her mom has difficulty with her knees.
“This is my dad, mowing my mom’s lawn,” Codie shared in a post online. “They’ve been divorced 28 years. My mom has bad knees, and my stepdad works out of town. When my younger siblings questioned, ‘Why is your dad mowing mom’s lawn?’ I told them, ‘Because, she needed help, and he knew she couldn’t get out here to do it, so he did.’”
Codie is grateful that, even though her parents have been separated for nearly three decades, that they are still kind and compassionate towards one another.
“This is co parenting. This is how lucky I am to have 4 parents who respect each other, and know that at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is showing your children (Even ones that are 32 years old) how to treat people, and how to love your family, no matter how it came together.”
For Codie, it wasn’t just about how her dad helped out with her mom’s yard, but how he used his own vacation day to do it, when he could have been doing something else.
“My dad is with me in Texas on vacation. He doesn’t even live here where my mom lives. So not only did he do something selflessly for her, he did it for her while he was on his VACATION. He just wants to show others that you don’t need to act like an angelic pastor on lent, but that we should all choose kindness whenever we can.”
Codie later shared how her parents had decided early on during their divorce that they wanted to behave like adults and treat each other with compassion.
“Because no matter how their marriage ended, they both loved each other very much at one point, and that, that love… counts for something. That if they were going to raise their children to be good, kind people, they needed to be good kind people,” she shared.
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