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Editor's Note: Dad's Day

There’s a lot to celebrate in June. Your pops may or may not be worthy of such jubilation.

Alright, so we’ve taken care of Mom. Now we deal with Dad.

My relationship with my father is complicated, as I’m sure goes for many of those reading these words. He had to leave our family when I was in eighth grade, and we’ve been picking up the pieces since then. Things, now, are pretty good! (Depending on the month.) I love him very much, and he’s informed much of who I am, for better or worse.

And, from the looks of it, many of our Doe writers are still navigating the fraught waters of paternal bonds too.

One of my favorite narratives—in general—on the site is this author’s journey through YouTube comments to digest the recent death of his father. Get out the Kleenex before you dive in.

He’s not the only Doe contributor dealing with the death of his dad: This writer discusses how their family had to resort to euthanasia; this one talks about losing her father to COVID-19.

It’s not all sad!

I love this dad talking about how uncool he is. And this journey through blowing an inheritance

Speaking of inheritance, one contributor grapples with the roots of her bipolar diagnosis. And here, we have the son of a blind father offering lessons learned

OK, back to work. (Note: It’s usually not a great idea to get back to work when you work for your estranged father.)


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