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“Can you tell me anything about your father’s medical history?”

“No. I don’t know him.” He shrugged as if it was no big deal but his voice said otherwise. 

Next patient…. 

“What about your father’s medical history?”

She scrunched up her face. “I think he’s still alive? I don’t know for sure. I never knew him.”

Next patient…

“So your mother is alive and has diabetes. Do you know anything about your father?”

“I’m not in contact with him.” The disdain came across loud and clear in her voice. “I hope he’s dead.”

If fathers ever think they don’t matter, they should sit in my seat and listen to the pain they can generate even when they are not there.


135 thoughts on “Fatherless

    • Thank you so much for checking! I was struggling with the coming back, to be honest. It was shocking how fast I got out of the habit when I had to take a bit of a break. Fortunately, I think things will be better now. 🙂

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  1. Yep. Count me in on that one. Not to mention the burning embarrassment when a medical professional ask questions we can’t answer because the rat was never around. HE should be the one who’s embarrassed. 🙂

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  2. Hey… I noticed you haven’t posted in a while, which isn’t like you, so I thought I’d drop a note to say I hope you’re okay. If you’re not and there’s something we can do to help, please reach out anytime. xx

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  3. I was raised without a father. It was unusual in my time, even if many of the fathers were not fabulous, they were usually present. As a woman in her sixties, I have come to the conclusion that fathers can play a vital role in a young girl’s development. The idea of the over-protective father who thinks no one is good enough for his precious little princess might belong way back in the fifties, but I think we can draw something from that myth. A father who instils in his daughter the sense that she has value, and has the right to expect respect, and not to settle for less, even if that means she has to hold out while all her peers are dating, maybe, just maybe, it would be a small step towards reducing the incidence of domestic violence that is swamping our so-called first world societies.

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