Saturday, January 29, 2022

Happy Daddy’s Day!



Crystal Manjarres

With the arrival of Father’s Day, it got me reminiscing about the recent Mother’s Day that just passed — my first with my son Elijah. I remember last year at that time going to “see” him for my last 3D/4D ultrasound for my birthday and how precious that time was. Flash forward to now, and I have a budding toddler in my arms who at ten months started walking, waving hi and bye, signing the word milk, loves to laugh, dance and get into everything! He loves giving me hugs and kisses (sometimes with teeth—his eighth is coming in!) and playing hide and seek. I could go on and on with what a huge difference such a short period of time makes. He will be a year old at the end of the month — how crazy and amazing is that?

Now back to celebrating the fathers! It has been said that anyone can be a father, but it takes someone truly special to be a daddy; I wholeheartedly agree. I was raised by a single dad, who, to this day I wish Happy Mother’s Day and a Happy Father’s Day too, since he was literally both. I

Daddy Luis Manjarres. Baby Elijah Manjarres. SUMBITTED PHOTO

Daddy Luis Manjarres. Baby Elijah Manjarres. SUMBITTED PHOTO

also see the same altruistic and hardworking side in my husband who is constantly in motion trying to create the best life that he possibly can for his family. I know of no other two men (personally) who have sacrificed their entire lives for providing for their families spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. My dad molded me into the woman I am today, and my husband is doing the same with our children.

I’m sure you all have a story to tell to celebrate that special dad in your life or know of someone who is deserving of the World’s Best Dad title. So give a hug to all the great dads you know and do something special to let them know they are appreciated — not just on Father’s Day, but every day.


Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Colon Hydrotherapist and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email She can also be reached at or and 239-333-5771.

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