No, don’t take it as anything sour on my part. It’s a needed melodrama to make the characters more real and y’all are right to mention it. I just wish I could come up with a background for a single parent setup that doesn’t involve telling a child:
A. Someone didn’t want you (adoption, a single mother or father being left alone with the child because the other was not interested)
B. Someone wanted you but died
I think I can spin it to be bittersweet, where you tell the kid how if it’s A the other person didn’t know what they were missing, and if it’s B the other person would be so proud of them. And some other options of a similar nature.
I think mostly I am just sad that in order to make things realistic, I have to let reality intrude. It’s necessary, but as is so often the case with reality definitely a bit of a bummer.