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I Grew Up Without a Father

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    Broken Beyond Repair

    I try to forgive you daddy But each time i am nice to you You act like a total dickkkwad when i am around I am done trying.... The scars will never heal and you will never change I just think some people are born arseholes And some things are just never meant to be perfect or...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Jun 5, 2013

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    I Lost Him

    Death didn't take my father jail did my father hit my mother when she was pregnant wih my brother he would never lay a hand on me because he thinks I'm his little girl but the only thing we have in common is DNA he was never in my life because he is a violent bastard and when he...
    JasmineTheDecider JasmineTheDecider 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 9, 2012

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    my dad was physically there.

    he had a stroke when i was 9 or 10 i think. he was never the same. he always got mad over the smallest things. he yells at me the most when i was 14 we went a month, or maybe a couple of months without speaking and that was the true downfall with our relationship. he got really...
    enemyinthemirror enemyinthemirror 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 26

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    No Name No No Nothing

    What do I know about my father? Only that I have one! No name, no face, no adress, not even a small hint of remembrance in my childhood! He was never in my life nor was he actually in my moms life.Even my big bro knows nothing! But he is lucky he has a dad, his dad! But his dad...
    MiriamOfManassis MiriamOfManassis 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 28, 2013

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    shayshay16 shayshay16 16-17, F 4 Responses Feb 2

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    No Chance Of Finding Him

    Mt mother never told me a lot about my father. When I was growing up she told me that a stork brought me to her. I didn't know anything about sex, even though she had boyfriends. I learned where babies came from when I was 8 and I read a book about it. I got older, and started...
    cosmicspeck cosmicspeck 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 20, 2011

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    What Does A Word "father" Mean?

    Once I read a story about our famous actor. He had handycaped mum,who died when he was 20....People were saying to him Oh you poor little thing and he started to feel different than the others, in a negative way...He began to put a wall around himself... I find myself in this...
    tia55 tia55 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 8, 2010

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    When I was in pre-k, my father was an abusive

    alcoholic. I of course wasn't old enough to completely realize it.. Or maybe I completely blocked the memories out. I just know that before elementary school, my neighbors had called the police on my dad on numerous occasions. On one of these times, my older brother called the...
    EverythingIsOkay EverythingIsOkay 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 2

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    My dad left when I was only a month old,

    or so. I didn't speak to him until I was fourteen. Now we talk at least once a month. I'm happy he decided to be a dad, finally. 💙
    H3LLS1C H3LLS1C 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    Sometimes i think if him walking out on us

    when i was kid has anything to so with me dating the wrong men.
    bittersweetsourandsalty bittersweetsourandsalty 31-35, F 4 Responses Jul 5

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    A Long Life To Go Without My Male Figure

     I've come eighteen years with just a mother I can talk to about the stuff I've gone through well that and a godfather who is around every couple of months. My step dad is an *** and has compared me to his kids, or sorry his "angels" since I was about six. My...
    JordanR JordanR 18-21, M Nov 8, 2009

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    Dead Beat Dad

    My dad was in prison most of my life. Before he went to prison.. I was too young to remember him. When i was younger my grandmother (his mom) would take me to visit him. But it was like i didn't know who he was. I was born in Indiana so that's where he lives now.. Before my mom...
    Channelle1985 Channelle1985 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 21, 2009

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    He Left Me Before I Was Even Born

    My father met my mother when he was stationed overseas during his time in the military. He dated my mother for 3 years before she got pregnant with me. When she was 4 months pregnant he told her he was married and had to go back to the states. The day he left he told her he loved...
    VanessaBrownie83 VanessaBrownie83 26-30 1 Response May 17, 2012

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    Dear Dad

    This is a letter I won't ever send for many reasons but feels good to write. I really dislike Father's Day. It's a day I endure and which I am grateful will be over in a couple hours. I have tried to keep my mind occupied all day to avoid the emptiness I feel. When I met you as...
    hischelsea hischelsea 46-50, F 5 Responses Jun 16, 2013

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    I Hate My Dad

    Poem to an arsehole: I was never good enough And when i really needed support you only loan a superficial hand You think it is cool playing my niece up to me and her brother to my own Why we will show you muthafucckkker.... That's right push us farther away right over the edge We...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Jun 5, 2013

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    Life Is Promised to No One.

    Hi all , I just want to share how am I feeling as a growing adult who has grown into maturity knowing only a Mothers love. He died when I was 2 yrs of age, before I could put a face to the name which left my only understanding being those of pictures and stories. It was hard...
    trinicaleb trinicaleb 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    Due To Death

    I was eight years old when my father passed away due to lung cancer. Before then I had a good relationship with him but his death was sudden and camed a shock, exspecailly since I was that young and didn't really understand all too much of what was going on. What made it worse is...
    DarkWolfQueen19 DarkWolfQueen19 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 13, 2012

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    I have a father, but he is awful

    and I just want to get away from him(he is a psychopath)
    EmoGirl286 EmoGirl286 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 26

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    So my father came camping to the area I live.

    Drove 12 hours for it. I got to visit him, with my siblings. It's been 13 years or so since he moved out. I'm glad I visited him. It was a nice afternoon. But I feel like the experience was not beneficial to me at all, in a sense. Now that I left for home, I feel lonely and...
    JustThat6irl JustThat6irl 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 7

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    Finding My True Family

    I started life without parents, whisked away to foster care at birth from a mother who had no real relationship with the man who fathered me and at nearly 30 was still dependent on parents who didn't want to bear the shame of an illegitimate grandchild in their suburban middle...
    ericforman66 ericforman66 36-40, M 3 Responses Mar 30, 2013

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    My father passed away

    when i was 13.
    Gblue5 Gblue5 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 26

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    I'm A Better Father Than He Was

    My father sent us to live in another country when I was 6 years old. He supported us financially, but we hardly saw him or heard from him. When he was around he was mean to my mother. He never called or wrote. He was never there at my graduations. He was not there to...
    scrambledegg scrambledegg 31-35, M Nov 6, 2011

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    My father never was around

    when I was a child. Its a long very long story but it isn't his fault. But even though he wasn't around, we where able to keep in touch by phone and mail but unfortunately the contact diluted for some reason. I was very upset about not having contact with him for years and years...
    toughbaby toughbaby 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 26

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    Dear Daddy

    I want to be your baby girl. I want to mean something to you.    Can you hug me? Can you hold me? Can you tell me everything is going to be alright? I want to wake up and smile because I know you're making breakfast for me. I want to feel the embarrassment when you come to pick...
    AmityCalamity AmityCalamity 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 14, 2011

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    I Blamed Myself But Of Course I Was Wrong.

    My dad left when I was five. He ran off with his secretary.  Robbed the house.  Cleaned out the bank accounts.  Left my mom with two little kids and no income.  She was working on her PhD at the time.  I know that was all bad stuff but what really got to me was that I loved...
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 27, 2013

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    Since about 4 I never really had a dad due to

    the fact he was always in another county disarming bombs by hand you might think what a cool dad to that I say you can have him I hate my dad he always belittles me undermines me and puts me down because I don't meet his expectation
    ash18bmth ash18bmth 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 24

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    He Left When I Was Two

    My dad left when I was 2 to be with a ********.I have only seen him once since then when I was around 5 or 6 he took me to McDonald's.I wish that I would have got to know him & see who he was.I now live in a different state from him. It makes me so sad that he never came back or...
    zar13 zar13 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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    My dad left when I was around 7.

    I'm not entirely too sure why he left, never really asked I guess. Probably his drinking was a cause. He kept in touch for a couple years but immediately stopped after that. Ever since then I've had to put my big girl panties on and help my mom care for my 3 younger siblings...
    JustThat6irl JustThat6irl 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 26

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    Growing Up Without A Father

    My parents had gotten divorced when I was 3 years old because of his alcoholism. After my mom had kicked him out, a friend down the road had let him live in their backyard in a little trailer. We had regular visitation with him but I never really had much a bond with him. He was...
    Flipadelphia Flipadelphia 22-25, F Nov 21, 2011

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    Tough Road But Im Strong As Now...

    Hi there guys , well i grew up with my mum until i was 7 and i was a happy and fun kid until my mum meet the guy that was to become my step dad as my mum divorced my abusive bad tempered father when i was 2 .Well he was like hitler with a pride and attitude that was all about...
    davidmarks davidmarks 36-40, M Sep 27, 2009

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    Emotional Absence

    My father was never there emotionally...and my mother was also not emotionally available to her kids. I guess my father was always dead to me in a sense even though he is still alive. .since he does not give a fiixk about his children...nevermind his own wife....we are also never...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Jun 5, 2013

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    I Want My Dad In My Life !

    I'm 16 years old and a sophomore in high school. My dad has never really been in my life. I mean I think he may of tried but I was young and didn't really understand. He always goes to jail but I want to get him on the right track but I don't know how or how to talk to him after...
    MightyMouse16 MightyMouse16 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 16, 2013

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    A step father but it seemed like he didn't like

    me so he never was around for me
    annirawrmuffin annirawrmuffin 22-25, F Mar 27

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    We Left My Father

    The last time i've seen my dad was when i was 2 years old. I can't remember anything about him, only the things my mom told me. He is a musician,he is Italian, stole money from my moms family and i am not his only child. He has 2 daughters and 1 son. He hasn't spoke to any of his...
    ihatemylife4 ihatemylife4 13-15, F 1 Response Oct 9, 2013

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    I was born and raised by a father I spell

    m-o-t-h-e-r because the man who made me couldn't understand his responsibility to the life he had created... You see I am the by product of a generation taught to follow free love, no consequence to their careless following the heart, the first generation told to listen to...
    SeedlingDreams SeedlingDreams 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 7

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    There But Not Really

    My father isn't dead.  Neither was the "guy" that attempted to be my step father those years ago (though I wouldn't mourn his passing in the slightest). But he was never really ever there to begin with for me. When I was 5 my parents split up after much abuse and...
    RaineyEyedGirl RaineyEyedGirl 31-35, T 1 Response Sep 27, 2009

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    I Will Rise

    From what I can remember my dad wasn't around as much while I was growing up. He used to break the law by stealing and fraud and he would end up in jail. I remember during my 3rd grade year my dad was arrested at my elementary school for stealing money from his job. That day...
    EM1620142016 EM1620142016 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2013

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    My Story

    So um well I guess ill start out by saying I'm 16 and honestly growing up without a dad sucks. So when I was born he left my mom and I for another girl and her baby boy...I used to think maybe he wasn't ready for a family you know,boy I was wrong...so I got to be about two and my...
    babiigirl17 babiigirl17 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 2, 2013

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    Mine Dosent Care.

    My dad didnt die nor did he go out and save the world. He deserted me when i was 1. I never knew him until the age of 10 when he should up and decided to be some kind of dad. Which was never really his strong suit. One day i woke up we were at his mothers house( my grandmas house...
    PeopleTreatMeLikeCrap PeopleTreatMeLikeCrap 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 9, 2010

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    I've Written About Him Before-now Things Have Changed

    My mother passed away on Tuesday, and her last gift to me was the identity of my father. I've since contacted him and we've corresponded, and I've sent him some information to help my claim. He's offered to pay to fly me out to England to meet him and have a paternity test. I'm...
    cosmicspeck cosmicspeck 22-25, F May 4, 2012

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    Dried Up Tears- You said you love me You said

    you care You said you'll never leave All the pain all the lies that's all you gave me. Now I'm alone confused and lost Thanks to you my heart is broken Every night I cry thanks to you The tears on my face once they dried up they stay there as a permanent reminder of what you...
    EM1620142016 EM1620142016 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 21

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    Pray For Forgiveness

    You are going to pray for forgiveness and love when death draws near We will stay far away as you always kept us at a distance You never wanted us near in anyway only loved our presence when we could serve as little punch bags as easy targets for your emotional frustrations...
    indigowitch indigowitch 22-25, F Jun 5, 2013

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    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 22, 2013

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    PunchandPie PunchandPie 22-25 Jan 20

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    Never Had A Dad, But Now Has A New Stepdad

    My grandmother raised me and my siblings. My Mother was there with us. I still felt incomplete though. But now I'm a young adult and i have a new Step dad. I like him. He took me and my mom to the movies twice and out to eat at a Chinese restaurant. I call him Dad sometimes and...
    DiamondInTheSkye DiamondInTheSkye 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2013

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    Due To Illness

    But I was fortunate enough to have a healthy relationship with him as an adult.
    IamGone IamGone 41-45, M 3 Responses Apr 12, 2010

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    Good Riddance To The Jailbird!-In late 2002 several months after CPS seized me(10) and sister(9) from our parents following a car wreck that nearly killed us and our father driving...
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    I am afraid that my ailing Father maybe dying. I received a shocking phone call from my brother almost 2 months ago. He told me how my Dad was doing since I live so far away from...
    Sara600 Sara600 56-60, F a week ago

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    A good father, who understands and is a friend to my kids. Yes, he is that.
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    From the very beginning of my life, my mother had decided that she would take the traditional 50's housewife role in spite it being 90's to 00's. Now this wouldn't have been a...
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    My name is Desi and I was born 10/13/1979 in Einstein Hospital in the Bronx NY. My mother, Andrea, will not tell me who my real father is, I grew up with a step father. She claims...
    imdesi imdesi 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 3

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