I’ve received a lot of aggressive reader mail via Facebook regarding my colleague, Shawn Bean’s, blog, A Letter to Caylee. Surprisingly, many of you were insulted by it. As a single mom, raising a little boy, with no physical participation from his dad, I know I’m probably supposed to feel the same way about Bean’s blog—especially since he cited a study conducted by the National Fatherhood Initiative that stated, father absence is connected to higher rates of physical and emotional neglect, teen pregnancy and incarceration. Bean went on to say, “a missing dad isn’t only bad for Caylee, but for all of us.” I feel painted into a corner, here. I don’t associate myself, my child, his absent dad, with any of the above. That is all worst case scenarios. Absent dads can equal a lot of things: The father died in the 9-11 attacks. The mother is a choice mom and went to a sperm bank. Two moms are raising a child. Or, like me, the father left when mom was 11-weeks-pregnant and started a new life in another state. But, let’s play Devil’s advocate.