I came about this thinking in a strange way. Recently I had contact with 2 people who lost both their parents when they were very young (pre-teen). This is not that common and the effects have got to be pervasive but also very personal to the individual. That means if you want to understand it you have to talk to someone who has suffered this and my guess is they don’t get much chance to talk.
In whatever case, I had a thought during one of these conversations. I thought about a boy who grows up to be a man and goes out and does all this achieving to “prove something to his father” as they say. What do you think happens to the boy who has no father to prove something to, hmm?
I think this is a pretty good question considering how many women are raising boys without fathers. Also if you are a single parent this is a reminder how important it is to keep your child’s other parent in their life because if you don’t and you die, that’s it. They got nothing.
Parents are so important in ways that are not immediately apparent and you only have to talk to someone who has none to have this point driven home.