with Avi Spivack
Hi, I'm Avi, and I try to put the work and the dad together, with mild success. This is all about trying to give you a view from what it looks like on the dad-man's side of the world, and I hope you find my ruminations humorous because I try not to take myself too seriously.
One of my favorite movies of all time is Clint Eastwood’s masterful western “The Outlaw Josie Wales” (1976) - it is the true culmination of Eastwood’s work in westerns and is rivaled only by his 1992 Oscar-winner, “Unforgiven.”
As Josie Wales, Eastwood rides into town, alone, to confront the masses.
And that’s how I kinda felt last Friday as I unsaddled my SUV and rode into my daughter’s elementary school, sun blazing above, surrounded by (pretty much) ALL mothers.
Now I obviously have nothing against mothers, but it struck me - this time - that I was seriously in the minority here, and it just felt weird.
I continue to hit this point again and again, but when you feel it all/most of the time, one would argue that it makes some sense to explore.
On one level, it’s all so obvious: the huzzies are off working and the moms do school pick-up at 3pm on Friday (sometimes with the dog and the younger siblings).
But if that’s true, then I keep coming back to the question of where all of these working women/mothers are - or are they just not in our neighborhood?
And mind you, I get the same thing at the doctor, the dentist, and often when I do school drop-off. I am really, truly not trying to toot my own horn here - rather, I am trying to find out:
Where have all the fathers gone?
Because I only see a few of them, and I am waiting for the revolution to begin.
Are we ready for it, or will it never come?
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