Family

A Single Dad Takes a Fatherhood Development Class

I read it, I loved it. I await to find out how his life turns out. Truly this young man has good intentions and yet I can see myself in him as I was a single parent growing up in the 70’s with a baby I wasn’t ready for. Lucky for me that my mother and stepfather adopted my son. I just wonder if it will get better for Paul and his baby girl. He certainly is trying and that is all you can hope for.

Longreads

The last student to arrive for fatherhood class was the only one holding a baby, and a dozen men looked up from their desks to stare. Paul Gayle, 19, had a pink diaper bag hanging off a shoulder decorated with tattoos of marijuana leaves, and a crying 7-month-old in his arms. “Come on, girl, chill out,” Paul said, carrying the baby to a seat in the corner. He offered her a rattle, and she swatted it away. He gave her a bottle, and she only cried louder. Finally, he reached into the diaper bag and took out a pacifier for her and a shot of Goody’s Headache Relief for himself.

“Sorry for the noise, y’all,” he said. “We’re both a little mad at the world today.”

“No problem,” the teacher said. “I’m up here talking about being a dad, and you’re doing it.”

“I’m trying,” Paul said. “But damn.”

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