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Donuts With Not Your Dad

Reflections on a distressing childhood event

Amanda Hariri
Human Parts
Published in
5 min readNov 12, 2020


Photo: Bethany Newman/Unsplash

When I was in elementary school, the administration put on an event called, “Donuts With Dad.”

This is an unfortunate name. “Donuts With Dad,” to my gutter-bound brain, sounds like a midbudget porn film where “Dad” is played by a beefy 32-year-old with a full beard and the…