I wouldn’t count on that
Sat Dec 30, 2017 19:53

Connor was wrong and stupid and Drew wasn’t good enough at arguing to tell him why. “Your dad is supposed to be a role model for you,” he said, to start with. All fathers were in a position to be role models for children, because parents were supposed to be their kids’ role models. Parents were the most important role models because most kids spent more time with their parents than with any other adults. In Drew’s family, they had talked about how it was important to have all sorts of different role models—both men and women, and magical and non-magical, and stuff like that—because then you knew more about people whose lives were different from yours. Drew was pretty sure that Connor had never had any good role models.

“Just because your dad doesn’t bake doesn’t mean dads can’t bake. Men are just as capable of operating an oven as women,” Drew said, which was another thing they said in his family. Sometimes for special occasions they could ask the house elves to make them specific things. Like if one of them got sick, they would ask Kizzy to bring them some soup, because soup was easy to eat when you were sick. But they didn’t do that often because the house elves already had enough to do.

Most of the time the Tennant-McKindys ate in the Finer Diner, but they had a kitchenette so they could cook at home if they wanted. And there wasn’t a mother so if anyone was going to bake it had to be Drew’s father or stepfather. Or Madeleine, sometimes, but usually she needed someone to supervise. Drew would always help if someone else decided to bake even though he never baked anything on his own.

Now Connor was bragging about going to events with his father? Which frankly sounded like the dullest thing Drew had ever heard. “Anyone who’s a guy and is raising kids is a real father,” Drew shot back. “It doesn’t have anything to do with jobs.” Or with biology. Drew’s biological father was just a question mark and Drew was totally fine with that. He had an awesome (slightly dorky) dad and he had Aaron and the rest of the family. “And Dad and Aaron teach us stuff about how to be, like, nice, respectful, unprejudiced people. Maybe your dad hasn’t gotten to that part yet?”

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    • I wouldn’t count on that - Drew, Sat Dec 30 19:53
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                  • It’s not that bad - Drew, Wed Jan 3 09:50
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                    • Only if it's change for the better - Professor McKindy, Wed Jan 3 11:31
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                      • This was definitely not for the better - Connor, Wed Jan 3 11:58
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                        • “Better” is subjective - Drew, Wed Jan 3 12:31
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