MPW.69 / 2017 The Boys Are Alright by Patrícia Monteiro
Patrícia Monteiro São Paulo, Brazil
Team Lee

Recipient of the Team Lee Award
Story Summary

According to the 2010 United States Census, only 4.6 percent of Missouri heads of household are male with no wife present. Paul Pendino, 46, of Barnett, Mo. is a divorced father of three sons-- one of them disabled, who relies on his dad for almost everything. The boys, though, are alright. "You can definitely tell there's the absence of a mother figure in the house, but we bond much more right now", says Paul II (cq), 20, the oldest of the kids.