PS 29, South Bronx, New York, 2003

“I’ve been asked by at least three students if I could be their dad. In one particular case, we were in a reading group and I was reading a story that referred to a father or a dad. One little boy said, ‘I haven’t got a dad.’ So I stopped reading and explained that everybody has a dad. ‘Your dad may not be living in the home with you, but you have a dad.’ So there was a long pause and this boy said, ’ Could you be my dad?’ I said, ‘I can’t be your dad, but I can be your good friend.” Val Jackson Minneapolis