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I Grew Up Without a Father

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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...
    cosmicspeck cosmicspeck 22-25, F May 4, 2012

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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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    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...
    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 2 Responses Sep 27, 2013

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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...
    Channelle1985 Channelle1985 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 21, 2009

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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...
    RaineyEyedGirl RaineyEyedGirl 31-35, T 1 Response Sep 27, 2009

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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...
    davidmarks davidmarks 36-40, M Sep 27, 2009

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    My father passed away when i was 13.
    GigiBlue GigiBlue 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 26

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    My Life - I have a mother a step father and a half brother. For the first 10 years of my life I had only had my mother. We lived in a small trailor, where my room used to the...
    Musiccutie365 Musiccutie365 16-17, F Jan 17, 2012

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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...
    ihatemylife4 ihatemylife4 13-15, F Oct 9, 2013

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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...
    enemyinthemirror enemyinthemirror 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 26

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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...
    EM1620142016 EM1620142016 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2013

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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...
    EverythingIsOkay EverythingIsOkay 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 2

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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...
    MightyMouse16 MightyMouse16 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 16, 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...
    trinicaleb trinicaleb 22-25, M 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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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...
    SeedlingDreams SeedlingDreams 22-25, M Mar 7

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    2 Chances Gone - I was adopted at birth by an elderly couple. I saw my biological mother sporadically but I never saw my biological father, I don't even know what his name is. When...
    Deckard Deckard 18-21, M Sep 28, 2009

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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...
    hischelsea hischelsea 46-50, F 5 Responses Jun 16, 2013

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    If you've ever seen the movie Mermaids, then you can see pretty much the type of mother I had growing up. She was a bit promiscuous and neither I nor my two brothers have the same...
    canelabunz canelabunz 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    Who Am I - i really cant say much except ive never meet my father . i sometimes think i ahave to be like him because i show no quality of my mother . since my mother wasnt in my...
    trentgurl trentgurl 16-17 2 Responses Oct 14, 2012

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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...
    scrambledegg scrambledegg 31-35, M Nov 6, 2011

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    I Did But I Didn't. Sort Of. - Ok. I did have a physical father who did the job to my mother and I popped out. My mother divorced him when I was 9 But he loved the beer more...
    SirPhoenix SirPhoenix 41-45, M 3 Responses Feb 18, 2010

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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...
    DiamondInTheSkye DiamondInTheSkye 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 19, 2013

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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...
    cosmicspeck cosmicspeck 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 20, 2011

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    Why Doesn't My Dad Want To Be My Dad - My parents got married when my mom was very pregnant, and three and a half weeks after their wedding, I was born. My father works in an oil...
    Karlievania Karlievania 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 21, 2012

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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...
    JasmineTheDecider JasmineTheDecider 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 9, 2012

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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...
    Flipadelphia Flipadelphia 22-25, F Nov 21, 2011

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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...
    DarkWolfQueen19 DarkWolfQueen19 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 13, 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...
    JustThat6irl JustThat6irl 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 26

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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...
    VanessaBrownie83 VanessaBrownie83 26-30 1 Response May 17, 2012

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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...
    zar13 zar13 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 21, 2012

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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 Mar 31

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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...
    MiriamOfManassis MiriamOfManassis 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 28, 2013

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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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    My Father Not My Dad... - I believe any man can be a father. That's the easy part though. The hard part is being a dad. Maybe that's why he didn't stay. He wanted the easy role. My...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 18, 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...
    EM1620142016 EM1620142016 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 21

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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...
    PeopleTreatMeLikeCrap PeopleTreatMeLikeCrap 18-21, M 4 Responses Jul 9, 2010

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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...
    toughbaby toughbaby 18-21, F 3 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...
    AmityCalamity AmityCalamity 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 14, 2011

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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...
    babiigirl17 babiigirl17 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 2, 2013

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    I grew up without a father.
    shayshay16 shayshay16 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 2

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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...
    ericforman66 ericforman66 36-40, M 3 Responses Mar 30, 2013

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    Scene from The Fresh Prince
    avessel avessel 22-25 Jan 20

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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...
    tia55 tia55 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 8, 2010

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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...
    JordanR JordanR 18-21, M Nov 8, 2009

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