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Article By: ECEC333
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The father isn't always the one who thinks he is ....


Submitted:May 13, 2010    Reads: 166    Comments: 0    Likes: 1   


I have many "strange friends", and I like them immensely, much more than those super straigth ones who resemble my own family. No, those I like are crooked, in one way or another, and I really enjoy being part of their lives. One of my special friends used to be a man, but is now a woman. Also, she has a rather non-traditional family as she is the illegitimate daughter of a man who wasn't married to her mother. Actually, someone else was, and peace upon him, he was a better father to this special child than her mother was a mother.
After the death of her mother my friend found out about the love affair of her biological parents and, what's even more interesting, so did another of the father's illegitimate children. All of a sudden, there were loads of siblings, all over Scandinavia as this prolific father had had the habit of seducing ladies whenever he had the chance and this other daughters now made it her responsibility to find all these these halfbrothers and -sisters. To me all this sounded very exotic and maybe even funny. Actually, it wasn't the first time I had witnessed something like this as another of my friends almost represented the same pattern: Seduced and single mother, distant Don Juan-father with progeny all over Scandinavia.
By the way, it's very unfair, but also very common that both these seducers got away scotfree as none of them were contributing to the provision of all these illegitimate children. Some of the mothers married some other man, perhaps even letting him know that "he was the father of this new child". However, when I think of Don Juan's famous seductions of 1003 women I also think of the progeny he must have had. Gosh, two people certainly can procreate many new humans over the centuries. The life stories of my two friends suddenly make me understand the Adam and Eve-myth much better. That, and the snake, was all it took. Very strange, but also both beautiful as well as terrifying: We do have a responsibility, also to those who enter this world because of us ...

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