Across the road from Mother's is a house that can only be described as a rental house. Let us just say it has minimal street appeal. Various tenants have come and gone, some ok, but mostly not. Mother is pleased that there is now a respectable tenant living there now. She has spoken to him a couple of times.
Every morning at eight o'clock he loads his daughter onto his motorbike and takes her to school. He is a single father bringing up a daughter.
I don't actually know if he is a great father, but on the face of it, he does his duty at least. While I know many women have brought up whole families on their own, that does not negate what this bloke does. He may not be the perfect father, but from what Mother says, he is pretty good from what she has observed.
Perhaps he could be Father of the Year? Not a chance. It always goes to a rich and or famous person. This year it is Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, the retired chief of Australia's defence forces.
I call into question that he is a good choice. For the third time when he was pressed about his views on same sex parenting, he evaded and obfuscated.
This Father of the Year, choose a famous person, is an anachronism that should have passed on years ago, or been reinvented to include people like my Mother's neighbour.
When I was young, I would have been all for whatever parenting model suits. Now I am older, I think the ideal is Mum, a Dad, and a brother and sister (and a white picket fence). That's what getting old does to you.
Regardless, a child brought up by whatever combination of parents, so long as the child is brought up in a loving way and shown the right way to go in the world by example, that can't be bad.
So damn you Houston with your tightly defined mindset of how children should be brought up.
Btw, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston received honours for his time as a chief of our forces. Err, have you read the papers of late? What a mess the services are. I am not so sure that he should be proud of his legacy or should be awarded for it.