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Modern dads put the verb into ‘father’

There is no “ex” in father. Once a father, always a father.

My father used to say this to me, though not in these words. He used to say, because I was his only child, his “one and only” (these are his words), that he was the only one in the “whole world” (more of his words) who could call me “daughter.” And I was the only one in the whole world who could call him “father.”

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