Mom’s best friend’s youngest daughter, the divorced single parent of two teenaged girls, told her parents in the fall that she was pregnant, that she was keeping the baby, and that there was “no father in the picture.”

I wonder how she plans to manage that when the little girl (born last month) starts asking questions. It makes sense that she can, without involving the father, avoid a lot of headaches that come with sharing a child with another household, as divorced parents must do.

On the other hand, most fatherless kids dream of having a dad or at least want to know who their biological father is. Since she hasn’t told the father she was pregnant, how will she answer her youngest child’s inevitable question, “Who is my dad?”

Because it seems every kid wants one, whether they’re fathers worth having or not.