Starving For A Father Figure

, , , , | Right | October 21, 2020

I have finished ringing and paying for my groceries in self-checkout. In the lane next to mine is a woman, a man, and two children: a girl about age six and a toddler. The older child keeps trying to open a bag of chips her mother has just bought.

Child: “Mommy, can I have some chips?”

Mom: “You have to wait until we get home.”

Child: “But I didn’t eat today.”

The mom turns to the man.

Mom: “You didn’t feed them?”

Man: “Those are your kids.”

He replied so nonchalantly. You could feel the tension rise, but the mom continued to pack her groceries without another word. I finished my shopping, saddened for that young girl and the unfortunate dynamic.

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