As a lot of you are probably aware I have two grandsons, but their father disappeared when the youngest fellow was not even born so he has never known him.
My heart broke last week when I was helping him with his home-work. Part of that home-work was a composition (I think they call them essays now) on "A day out with my Daddy". Little Johnny started to cry because he has no daddy.
I dried the tears, explained that thousands of little boys have no daddies, and we could make up a daddy that he would like, which he did. After he left I was the one crying.
Now the point of this thread is to say why the hell are some teachers so bloody thick that it would not occur to them in this day and age that daddies are short on the ground, so to speak. I rang the school and spoke with the Head Master and asked if perhaps it would be kinder to not generalise in this fashion, considering the social scene has altered so much, apart from the obvious that some children's dads are dead. Mine died when I was 7.
The Head-Master was very understanding and promised to speak with his staff, but it raises the question, does it not, that a primary school teacher would be so .....unknowing.... as to the realities of life for so many of their charges.
It's all very sad at times, this life, for the little ones, isn't it? Poor little lambs.