I am the child of a single parent who was the child of a single parent. My father died when I was five. My mother’s father died when she was two. As a child I never met anyone else who didn’t have a father. I never thought to question my mother as to how that had been for her, and while she sometimes talked about the things she and her mother had done together she never mentioned her lack of a father.
I’ve been listening to a radio programme where children of single parents talked about how the experience has shaped them. Many became more resilient and independent. Most talked about how hard their mothers worked to provide for them which was true for me too. I think what I mostly learned from my mother was the importance of being good and kind.
I wonder how many other fatherless daughters are out there. I’d love to hear from you.
“There was no-one else I knew
who didn’t have a father too.”