Ex Fabula: Fatherhood – Choosing to be a Father

Jun 17, 2017

On this Father's Day weekend, it’s all about the dads - or maybe just time to think about fatherhood. But what happens when just the thought of procreation gives makes you physically stressed? Matthew Konkel will tell you in our first story from the “Bad Company” Spectacular Slam in 2013.  While he loves the spirit and creativity that children naturally exude, Matthew simply didn't want to have kids of his own - so, he decided to have a vasectomy. How Matthew released his stress over fatherhood, in this week's show.

Storyteller Michael Konkel
Credit Art Montes

On the other end of the spectrum, Shawn Mitchell did wish to be a father - and a good one, despite growing up fatherless himself. His story comes from our "Fatherhood" StorySlam, back in February of 2016.  Shawn's journey to fulfilling his promise didn't come easy, though. He had to contend with many challenges, including losing his wife, then raising children without their mother.  In the end, though, Shawn says it has all been worth it, and his journey has brought him to a place where he now has peace of mind. 


Last month was our last Ex Fabula StorySlam of season 8, and we’d like to thank our wonderful volunteers for their commitment to strengthening community bonds through the art of storytelling. If you're interested in working with Ex Fabula, our next orientation will be held on Tuesday, June 27th. Find more details here.