I hate being drawn in to commercials, but I have to admit my chest swelled with emotion when I saw this one.
I grew up feeling intensely the presence of my own father and the absence of that figure in the lives of others. I saw the results of that void every day in the cyclical brokenness of communities I’ve lived in.
As many resentments as I’ve borne him over the years, at the core of me there was always the knowing that having a present and caring dad is much less than a promise to a black boy in America - it is a lucky thing, a beautiful thing.
So the imagery in this commercial is no less than iconic for me, of the wonderful privilege I’ve had and would hope for others. I’m almost afraid to say it out loud, knowing how the universe laughs at our plans, but I think I’m going to be a great father one day and the thought warms me to the core.