I’ve been thinking lately about fathers and what makes defines fatherhood today. When I’m not writing for RedState, I edit books for (mostly) self-published authors. And the most recent project I finished was the memoir of a friend’s late father, who lived during World War II. It was fascinating to bear witness to the experiences he had and the choices he made that inextricably affected her life. For many of us, it’s hard to come to grips with the concept of “a time before we existed”– when we have no say or control over actions that might affect us forever.
So, this Father’s Day, instead of sharing a story about my own my father, Charles Lower, who passed away in 2015, I’ve decided to go a different route by sharing stories from people who found family through adoption.
To start with, I couldnt have written this without the inspiration of a very special person. Her name is Mary Chastain. As her bio will tell you, she’s “a writer and editor at Legal Insurrection and contributor at The Hill. A reformed socialist, now a libertarian, she has an interest in budgets, taxes, and anything that leads to smaller government.”