Paul Mekdeci

From distant father to best friend

For a young gay man, one car ride home changed everything

As I was growing up, my relationship with my father was always strained. As a child of divorce, I felt as though I had to side with my mother, because I was always closer to her.

But divorce wasn't the only reason my father and I weren't close.

I think he could always sense that I was different. We had next to nothing in common. He liked sports, and I liked to shop. He wanted me to golf, and I wanted to do theater.

It was hard for us to find any common ground. All that father/son bonding you read about in books and see in movies never happened between my dad and me.

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