It seems as if my first Phable of the New Year has already irked a reader or two. For example, Brendan not only wrote me an e-mail, but linked to his blog as well:
Twice in the same â€œPhablesâ€? strip, Brad Guigar writes, â€œOnly a mom knows how sometimes the fear of oneâ€™s own death has nothing to do with oneâ€™s own life.â€?
Right, â€œonly a momâ€? has any sense of responsibility or devotion to the family. â€œOnly a momâ€? knows what itâ€™s like to have children who depend on you for everything from daily meals to moral guidance to help with homework. We fathers have nothing to do with our families: why, if you took away the paycheck we contribute, what else do we offer, other than nothing? We donâ€™t have any involvement with our kids, other than providing half their chromosomes. And since weâ€™re not moms, none of us dads have any idea of how â€œfear of oneâ€™s own death has nothing to do with oneâ€™s own life.â€? Read the whole post. (Warning: Very strong language.)