Young father working hard to prove naysayers wrong
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Zane Lundy, of Williamsport, is juggling the responsibilities of fatherhood, working two jobs and getting through his senior year of high school.
Balancing all of those tasks can be overwhelming, but Lundy said he is doing his best so his son can have a bright future.
“It’s hard keeping up with everything but it’s for the best,” he said. “I try my hardest, but sometimes it can be too much.”
To help with taking care of his 4-month-old son, he chose to do Williamsport Area High School’s cyberschool, where he can do the work online from home. He is able to be with his son more, which he loves, he said.
Lundy plans to graduate next spring even though it has been difficult to keep up with the school work.
“I’m going to do all I can to graduate even if it means going another year,” he said. “I don’t want my son to think it’s OK to drop out (of high school).”
He wants to show his son that there is no reason he cannot accomplish something just because it is difficult, he said.
Lundy said he has support from his parents if he needs it but he wants to do his best to provide for his own family without their help. He wants to be able to experience the hardships and the good times that come with parenthood.
It can be difficult when he has work in the morning and his son is fussy late at night, but his love for him goes beyond that, he said.
“(Being a father) is tough at times, but at the end of the day it’s a blast because I love my son to death,” he said.
Being a young father comes with its stereotypes. People can make rude comments, sometimes to his face, Lundy said.
If somebody makes a comment about him and his girlfriend “being so young,” he ignores it and takes the higher road. Even though his son is a baby, he said he does not want to act disrespectfully in front of him.
“I’m a dad, I’m not going to fight somebody around my son,” he said.
Once Lundy and his girlfriend found out they were going to be parents, they knew there would be people who would think negatively about them.
“We told each other, we just have to prove them wrong,” he said.