DIVORCE
05/13/2013 02:31 pm ET

The Single Mother, Mythical Father Effect

Alamy

My father wasn't actually deceased. That was a mythology my mother offered because she didn't know how to explain abandonment to me. I don't blame her. For many of us, the story of how we came into being is complicated. Parents have the tough job of figuring out which parts are healthy to share and which could benefit from a little poetic license.

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