Dirk Lotriet
2 minute read
17 Sep 2021
5:40 am

It’s painful when your child doesn’t need you any more

Dirk Lotriet

But it doesn’t matter. An involved father whose help isn’t needed is much better than an uninvolved one who is needed.

If I read these words, they sound so simple. But years of missing your son is more than just a few short words. A sentence. A sentence spanning years since the day he left Johannesburg in his little red Ford. Those bitter years of an almost unfamiliar voice on the phone on birthdays, Christmas with an incomplete family. Now, he’s coming back. There are several men who have played a major role in shaping my life, but only three have a special place in the deepest, most secret rooms on the invisible side of my heart. And all of them...