Dear Dad

When I was little and you weren’t around much, I was scared of you. You and mom would fight a lot. You were a real asshole. There are all sorts of reasons why you disappeared from our family, but I didn’t care what any of them were. I still wanted you to be my dad.

People tell me they can’t believe what happened when I was a kid. It’s more like a movie than real life. I just tell people: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I’m pretty damn strong. So I guess I have to thank you for that.

What gets me is that even though you didn’t want to be around me, I still wanted you to be proud of me. I wanted your approval. I still do and I’m all grown up now.

Your kid

~ by Jacquelyn Fletcher on May 4, 2009.

2 Responses to “Dear Dad”

  1. Touching. Deep. Real. Thank you for sharing.

  2. this is exactly what ive been through.i no longer see my dad or his new family,his new children,his new daughters.it hurts

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