As a mother of two young children, Doreen constantly wonders how she’s going to tell them about their absent father. For now, she tells them that their father is overseas. She doesn’t make a big deal of it. She states his absence as a matter of fact. Her main concern is making sure that her children don’t feel inadequate. She wishes for them to grow up strong, physically and emotionally. She doesn’t believe in self-pity. And it all begins with how the mother acts. Bitterness begets bitterness, so Doreen remains positive in the face of hardship.
When asked if her father was ever going to come back, her daughter innocently replied “I don’t know.” Although her children are too young to understand what’s going on now, Doreen is aware of the fact that she will have to explain all of this to them very soon. With changing times and shifting family types, Doreen’s main priority is education for her children and a tactful presentation of the facts.