“William’s grandmother smiled. “He needs it,” she said, “to hug and to cradle and to take to the park so that when he’s a father like you, he’ll know how to take care of his baby” …” ~William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow
Nearly 18 years ago, a very wise woman named Mary introduced me to this book, and it’s been one of my favourites ever since. It’s beautiful at its core and revolutionary for its time. Written in 1972, it tells the story of a young boy who just wants a doll to play with and care for.
Even now in 2012, this notion makes some of us uncomfortable. My question is, why? Really, what better way to help our little boys learn to be tender and careful fathers, than to encourage this sort of make-believe play?
As Father’s Day approaches this weekend, I decided there was no better time…
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