|Are Fathers Necessary?|
Since I wrote this article a few days past, I have given some more thought to the subject and feel compelled to offer this disclaimer. Many of us oldies grew up with the attitude portrayed in the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Hester Pyrnne was pregnant by the preacher of the village, Dimmesdale. She would not divulge the father of her growing baby and was forced by the village powers to wear the letter “A” emblazoned on her bodice. Scorned by her people, she became stronger and stronger with the “A” becoming a symbol for Able. Meanwhile, Dimmesdale became weaker and weaker as he lived with his unconfessed sin. And he dies, a shell of a man.
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