A heartfelt good wish for all you fathers out there, and all single custodial parents carrying the whole load. Blessings be upon you.
One marriage for me. Lasted 24 years, by calendar, about 20 years together. Have now been divorced longer than married. We had three sons. I raised the two youngest as a single parent.
Oldest on the right, middle son on the left.
The oldest was autistic from birth. He overcame it then was struck by an out of control bicyclist, suffered a profound brain injury, and had to start all over. He lives on his own with a bi-weekly visit from a social worker, is a professional dishwasher, and an independent newspaper hawker.
Middle son has one son. Has Aspersers’ Syndrome which became noticeable after multiple vaccinations as a toddler. A hard working reliable man, he has one son who doesn’t live with him, but who he supports.
|Note the brace on his left leg. Service injury which ended his career.|
Youngest is medically retired from the Army. He has two children from a previous relationship that he gained full and total custody.
He married a wonderful woman who had two children from a previous marriage. They have since had one child together.
It has been a journey, as is true with most families. I take pride in three honest, hard working sons who take personal responsibility, won’t steal, and get up each morning and start putting one foot in front of the other, as they were taught. They have no intent to harm anyone. However, fuck with them and they will fuck you up, and were trained from childhood in the skills of Dirty White Boy.
Now I enjoy my six grandkids and give parental guidance only when asked.