Happy Paternal Unit Day

Being called father by any other name is just as great

Paul Thomas Swann
2 min readJun 19, 2022


Photo by Caroline Hernandez on Unsplash

As a new paternal unit, I pondered what I wanted to be called by our children.

For some reason, I wanted them to call me Papa.

I’m not sure why. Maybe because that's what their mother had always called her paternal unit in Russia where she was born and raised.