Sweet Photo of a Dad’s Love

A news anchor of Oakland, California’s Frank Somerville recently gave viewers a glimpse of his normal life, off the television set.  This photo of him taking the braids out of his daughter’s hair got an overwhelming response.

So for those of you who think tv can be glamorous, this is how i spent my morning, learning how to take out my daughter’s braids. It takes a long time and a lot of patience!

CNN did a segment on outpouring of support and appreciation that commenters on Frank’s Facebook page showered on him.

In response he wrote:

“It’s not often that I am speechless, but I am floored by the response to the picture I posted, and by how touching and personal many of them were. To me the picture shows a dad doing what a dad SHOULD do, and loving every minute of it. The birth of my first daughter, and adopting my youngest daughter, are the two best moments of my life, and I feel like the luckiest dad in the world that my family is interracial. I can’t thank all of you enough. And remember CHANGE HAPPENS ONE PERSON AT A TIME!”

I just wanted to share this sweet story of parents’ love for their children. What a touching celebration of life!

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  • Rira

    How Wonderful!! ;) I just Love this!! ;)

    • Tootie

      Bristol, you are a precious girl. I do hope you and Gino will marry. Tripp needs a Daddy and you need a husband. You and he will have other children and be a happy family. A quieter life probably would be a better life for you all. Keep Jesus in the middle of your home and there will be blessings and miracles. (This has been my experience.)

  • David

    When I see people with those long braids of hair, I often wonder how long it took to braid their hair like that. I’ll bet that it does take a lot of patience.

    • AJ

      Yes…it does take a lot of patience. Gauging by the type of braids the little girl has (corn row style), it took up to an hour. However, the braid type isn’t the only factor when it comes to how long it takes to braid the hair. Other factors include braid size as well as how much hair you actually have on your head (the more hair you have, the longer it will take). Additional factor is the skill of the braider ( I have sat anywhere from 5hrs up to 10 hrs to have braids put in).

  • Mary Ann

    How lucky his family is to have the blessing of adopting a child – regardless of what ethnicity!

  • CJ

    Now that’s what I call a real dad! :) Love this!

  • Ben

    I used to braid my adopted daughter’s hair when she was small. Of course, I didn’t have anyone recording it. I did out of love, not to farther a career.

    • AJ

      Obviously you’ve never visited Frank Somerville’s FB page. If you had, I don’t think you would be of the same opinion. He’s very proud of his being a father and loves to share that fact – has nothing to do with his career.

  • drew

    I think Bristol is a wonderful role model. But the election is over & so are any Palins. Knocked up baby mommas just do not get the attention they use to get.


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