Saturday, May 24, 2008

Visiting the kiddos

I went to visit my kiddos in the hospital today. It was heart wrenching on a new level. They were glad to see me and I was glad to see them... But it was difficult to leave them there. Their moms were all there too. I admire these young women, trying to raise kids alone, often with no help except the government. And not much help from that entity.
But what struck me about the whole visit later was the absence of the dads. Dads are a rarity on my case load. The ones who are there often are step dads. Its rough trying to grow up as a boy with a father present and I imagine its even harder trying to grow up without one around. Especially if you already have the weight of a mental disorder on your tiny shoulders...

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