Michigan dad Derek Steele (cool name) is going viral with an open letter to his two young sons that he shared on Facebook. After seeing the leaked video of Donald Trump bragging to Billy Bush about assaulting women, and after Rudy Giuliani defended Trump by saying, "Men at times talk like that," Steele decided he couldn't have his boys growing up thinking behavior like that has anything to do with being a man.
Here's the full text of Steele's post:
"Men at times talk like that." -Rudy Giuliani
Caleb and Ethan:
Fortunately right now you are too young to be exposed to or interested in political discourse. And you are much too young to have Facebook accounts. But I imagine there will be a time in the not too distant future when you are on Facebook and we'll be friends. I also imagine that at some point after that whether out of boredom or interest you'll look back through your old man's posts for some funny stories and maybe some tidbits of wisdom - so I'll leave this right here for you.
Men do not, at times, talk like that. Sure some individuals with an X and Y chromosome like you may say something like that, but we do not call them Men. We call them perverts, abusers, or rapists - not Men. Real Men don't do that and wouldn't even think to say that.
You will hear a lot of people tell you what Men do or what it takes to 'be a Man'. The vast majority of it will be total garbage. If you want to be a Man, forget about machoism or sexual conquest. Being a Man is not about that. It's about protecting those around you who are weak or innocent - maybe a child being bullied or your own children. It's being awake at all hours of the night to warm a bottle, change a diaper, change the sheets on a wet bed or even worse. Men get puked on, pooped on, bled on and cried on. It's about being open with someone, vulnerable and accountable. It's admitting your mistakes and failures - in all its ugliness - and seeking forgiveness, over and over and over again. Real Men play dress up and enjoy tea parties and will make a complete fool out of themselves just to hear a child laugh. They cry, even weep, when the situation calls for it. They respect, honor and cherish women because all of them are human - created in the image of the Creator.
It's tough being a Man. Hardest work you'll ever do. So when someone tries to justify abhorrent words and behavior by sullying your good reputation as a Man - be angry and speak up. Don't let them define you down by their conduct. In short - be a Man.
Steele's heartfelt and poignant letter has resonated around the world on Facebook, racking up more than 3,600 likes and more than 2,200 shares. It's a testament to the power of a father's love. It just grabs you by the heart and won't let go.