When Lawrence McGee was growing up in Orange County, Calif., his dad would take him to their neighborhood park each day to teach him the game of basketball.

Together, they learned the game of life.

“I didn’t know how hard it would be until I actually had to do it on my own,” Larry McGee, said about raising his son, now 17. “You think he’d complain or act out, not having a mom around, but he’s been on my side this whole time. He didn’t even cry as a baby.”

Like many hardworking, hard-on-themselves parents – especially single moms and dads – Larry doesn’t give himself nearly enough credit. He often wonders if he’s doing enough for his son, and struggles to express his emotions at times. He bottles up his doubts and fears.

“He’s like me in that way,” Larry says of his son, who just finished his junior year of high school. “He tries to handle things on his own first before coming to me. I tell him he doesn’t have to carry the whole world on his shoulders, and that I’m here to give him a hand.”




Larry and Lawrence are featured in a special Father’s Day film for Minute Maid’s #doingood campaign, which celebrates the inherent goodness in all families and reminds moms and dads that they’re doing a great job. In a series of online films, real parents initially express genuine feelings of inadequacy. Their views change, however, after reading unexpected, heartfelt letters written by their children affirming that they are, in fact, doing an amazing job.

A few days before the crew arrived at the McGee home near Los Angeles back in March, a rare father-son argument left Larry shaken. “It got pretty heated,” he recalls. “I felt like I’d come so far but was losing him a little bit. Then (the video shoot) happened and it balanced everything out and brought us back to who we really are and what we stand for. It couldn’t have happened at a better time.”



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After interviewing Larry, the crew surprised him with a letter Lawrence had written him. He reads it aloud in the film, fighting back tears.

“It broke me down, in a very good way,” he says. “Men don’t express themselves much to each other, so to read what he had written reopened my eyes to what we’ve been through together and what we mean to each other. It was a great day to be a dad.”



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Larry strives to lead by example and actively encourage his son – who hopes to attend college and pursue a career in music engineering – to set goals. “That’s his dream and, therefore, my dream,” he says. “But no matter what, I encourage him to be a good, honest person and to give back to society.”

He concludes, “Sometimes as a parent, you feel alone. Parents are hard on themselves because they don’t want to disappoint their kids. I hope everyone who sees our story lets a parent – it doesn’t matter if they’re single or married – know how they’re doing.”