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The Saga Of Single Fathers

Nathan: “My mother raised three boys alone.  We were so poor that we often went without food.  It was a common thing for my brothers and I to steal snacks from the neighborhood grocery because we were hungry.  I just hope those men out there who are not supporting their children become inspired to become better fathers.”

Marvin: “I’d been estranged from my daughter for over a year because her mother and I don’t get along.  But after I witnessed the close interaction of one of my co-workers with his kids I realized I’d been irresponsible. I felt so guilty that I made immediate contact with my kid and vowed to never leave her side again regardless of how I feel about her mother.  And I’ve kept my word.”

Liza: “My father never gave our mother any child support, and whenever we’d call and ask him to help out with school expenses, he would laugh and claim to be broke.  Therefore, he never visited us or treated us like his children, until he got old and sick.  Suddenly, he wanted us around him, and none of us went to see him.  His wife told us that he died with a broken heart, but I felt no pity for him because I had lived with a broken heart for years.”

Bob: “When I was a young boy, I ached for my father to be there with us, and he was nowhere on the scene.  I remember every time my mother got a new boyfriend, I was so anxious to have a dad, that I would immediately begin calling the guy daddy.  I was so starved for a man’s attention that I ended up being sexually molested by a “family friend” who took advantage of my need for male involvement in my life. Enough cannot be said about how badly children need their fathers.”

Maria: “I am proud to say that I had the best dad in the world, but I felt rich among my friends growing up because I was the only kid on my block with a father in the home. Children desperately need their dads, and I believe fatherless boys contribute more to the crime in our society than anything.”                                                                       

Renee: “My father denied that we were his children, (there were two of us) because he hated my mother.  It didn’t matter that we looked just like him.  We weren’t important to him and his treatment of us really damaged my brother emotionally.”


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