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Tom Morse: The Reality of Being a Single Dad

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September 25, 2014 - 3:51 pm in Broward People News

I felt my iPhone vibrate in my pocket.

I am a lawyer. My closing statements to convince a jury how my client made a bad choice by driving drunk but was not a bad person were about to begin. Her freedom was at stake here.

The iPhone vibrated again. Marley, my second grade daughter, had a fever and a stomach ache and needed to be picked up at school and brought home. The terror of being a single dad with a sick daughter got coupled with the stress of being in the midst of that trial.

My hands got sweaty, my mouth got dry.

I told Judge Paul Backman what was going on. He delayed the trial for me. Twelve jurors had to wait until I could return from Virginia Shuman Young Elementary School for closing statements.

The judge is a dad too, he understood. After I brought Marley home from school, I found a neighbor to stay in my house with her until I could come home.

The trial had to wait. Marley’s stomach ache could not.

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