Father's Day Means Nothing
Who are we really celebrating?
When I was growing up, people always used to treat being raised by a single mom as a tragedy. “Do you ever wish your dad was around?” I was always perplexed by the interest in my absent father. To me, I never knew what I was missing. I never wished I had a dad to play or watch sports with (I hate sports anyway); to share a beer with; to introduce my non-existent boyfriend to.
I’d rather have never known him than had him there for a part of my childhood only to disappear, like the friends of divorced parents I witnessed growing up. Or worse, have him there every day physically but absent emotionally. The reality is, fathers who are really present—physically and emotionally—are a rarity.
What breaks my heart more, is the absence of the person who fathered me the most—my mother. Sometimes I think it was taking on the roles of both mother and father that killed her. But watching her struggle taught me so much, it prepared me for the professional glass ceilings and ghosting men and impossible beauty standards. I sometimes wonder how people who came from happy homes raised by both parents have any grit or resilience. Witnessing a single (disabled) parent run our little family taught me determination and the will to survive.
Instead of asking, “do you want to meet your dad?” as if I’ve spent my whole life fantasizing over the man who abandoned us, I’d rather hear, “so tell me about your mom.” I don’t have the energy to give to people who don’t show up. This day used to make me angry—I wanted there to be some formal recognition for all the single moms who do double duty as fathers. Now, this holiday makes me apathetic. The commercial success of Mother’s Day over Father’s Day should stand as evidence alone—dads just kinda suck. 🤷♀️
Instead of wasting brain space on a father I never knew, I’m thinking of the people who filled in the gap—my mom and her two close friends (you know who you are); the people who gave me more love than any dad who didn’t want to be there ever could.
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