Second, accounting fairness nickel-for-nickel is arguably not fair. Father helped his sons, presumably, as much as he was able to at the time. As an older man supporting fewer children now, maybe he’s able to do more. Would it then be fair for him to help his stepdaughter less than he is able to? And what would his reasoning be — because she’s not really “his”?
I imagine stepchildren would have a lot to say about being treated as less worthy of love and support than — what’s the adjective you’d use here, “real” children? “Biological” children? What about adopted kids, are they less worthy too?
Seems to me the more reliable path to a full heart and a warm life is to be grateful for what you’ve been given, and not gather supporting facts toward begrudging what others receive.
There is clearly some doubt here, and should be, since the sons don’t have firsthand knowledge of the father’s finances — and the sons benefit from this doubt. They’re better off assuming nothing beyond that their dad loves them and did his best.
That said, I could argue it’s time for them to get to know this “new” family better, since their fates are linked in many ways, especially as the father starts to fade. Isn’t it better to have people pulling for each other, versus against?
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