Bruce Gillespie

A blog by freelance writer and editor Bruce Gillespie.

“Everyone’s favourite uncle gets to share the love”

Today is the first day of the Toronto Star’s five days of excerpts from Nobody’s Father. First up is a condensed version of Don Maybin’s essay, which the Star has headlined “Everyone’s favourite uncle gets to share the love.”

Originally from Alberta, Don completed his MA in applied linguistics in England and has lived for 30 years in Japan, where he currently resides in the hot-spring resort of Atami.

As you’ll see, his essay a natural fit for Nobody’s Father, as it speaks to a sentiment that Lynne and I heard from many of the men we spoke to in the past year and a half — that even though they don’t have, and may not want, kids of their own, they are still actively involved in the lives of children as teachers, uncles, guardians and even babysitters.

Don’s story is warm and funny and touching, and what you see in the Star is just a small taste of the full-length essay in Nobody’s Father.


Written by bgillesp

September 15, 2008 at 9:50 am

Posted in Nobody's Father

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