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I Learned a Lot From My Father

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    He Taught Me How to Be a Good Mom.

    Most of my relatives are very undemonstrative and my mother is one of them.  I love her, but I've never heard her say those words to me and in 39 years, I've never even gotten a hug from her.  My father on the other hand is the biggest mush-ball.  He's all 'I love...
    Oouie Oouie 36-40, F 1 Response Apr 8, 2008

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    He Was My Teacher

    I only had my dad for 13 years of my life. But, in that time the things that he had taught me have stuck with me. There was a time when I had forgotten about the lessons that came from him. But, yet they were always there in the back of my mind. The one lesson that he gave me...
    tjsgirl tjsgirl 46-50, F 1 Response Jun 7, 2010

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    Never Appreciated What I Had....

    Now I would give the world to have it again.  I love my dad.  He passed away from cancer in 2002.  That being said, I wish I would have appreciated him more while he was on Earth.  My dad was not, by and large, an intellectual. He was a quiet, intelligent...
    patchworkofmistakes patchworkofmistakes 26-30, F 2 Responses Feb 10, 2008

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    Things My Father Taught Me

    My father taught me never to judge, always accept people for their backgrounds, forgive, don't be bitter, don't discriminate, but don't hate those who discriminate against you. He told me to always work hold and told me that I don't "deserve" anything, I have to work for it. He...
    LittleMaryMe LittleMaryMe 22-25, F Mar 14, 2013

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    But Now He Is Gone

    My dad was a great teacher, demanding but patient. He expected you to learn, but didn't mind mistakes. He was always will to explain and show you what he knew. He told me once "experience is the greatest teacher, but the tuition is high" How true that is. I miss him, but he...
    loopnscc loopnscc 46-50, M 1 Response Nov 18, 2011

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    He Is My Hero Forever

    everytime if i am wake up i hope he will kiss my forehead and said everything will gonna be okay because he has promises to me will be back again..but i realize he wont never comeback even how much time i should waiting in front of the door. i missed his voice, i remembered when...
    myselfhere myselfhere 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2012

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    Southern Zen

    He'd give you the shirt off his back; the cold doesn't phase him.  He stands so quiet and unshakeable despite how much he has seen.  In the living room, he drawls simple truths to me over a movie running in the background.  He likes to stay at home.  He's a...
    usetheforceluke usetheforceluke 26-30, F 4 Responses Feb 11, 2010

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    What Not To Do

    I learned a lot from my old man. I learned that alcohol ruins not only your life, but your family's. I learned that hitting someone doesn't make you more of a man. I learned that it is in no way acceptable to ever hit your child. I learned that you buy yourself a ticket to hell...
    mattandnetta mattandnetta 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 24, 2012

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    A Lot..

    Don't drink too much alcohol.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 9, 2008

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    My Dad Shaped My Life

    My dad was a jeweler and a master watch maker. He could rebuild a V8 engine or the many houses we lived in, all by himself. He could farm or garden, raise cattle or horses, and he loved to go fishing. He was a Georgia Cracker who never understood racism and thought that was...
    onlinegrandpa onlinegrandpa 61-65 15 Responses Feb 12, 2010

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    Dad, the Story-teller

    Dad   (I miss you.)               Dad was an Independent Baptist preacher (emphasis on the ‘Independent’), but he was so much more than that: writer, singer, artist, carpenter, amateur architect...
    mamapolo mamapolo 56-60, F 4 Responses Oct 5, 2008

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    Hope

    I think my father is the only reason why I haven't killed myself already... He is a noble man and I will always respect him from the bottom of my heart.
    SeraphicWannabe SeraphicWannabe 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 4, 2008

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    Why Don't You Like Me Daddy?

    “Why Don’t You Like Me, Daddy?” is a courageous story about the cause and effects of physical and verbal child abuse. The cause is most likely from bipolar disorder; The Effects are explained by the author and the many behaviors that lead up to his diagnoses. Stereotyping...
    cffarmercarl cffarmercarl 51-55, M Jun 27, 2012

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    My Dad Is Crazy Cool

    One of the most valuable lessons my father taught me was the value of my word. If I EVER said I was going to do something to anyone, I had better do it. He never backed down on his word. Everytime he said he was going to do something, he did it. As a child I never lived up to my...
    Silver01ta Silver01ta 26-30, M 1 Response Apr 8, 2008

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    What I Learned From My Dad...

    Working in the food industry sucks, and everyone who works in it is probably a criminal, drug addict, or both. Haunted abandoned houses suck. Especially the basements. If I start smoking cigs, I'll be hacking up my lungs every morning. Don't become a drug addict. I can win a...
    delirium delirium 18-21, F Jun 17, 2010

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    Daddy

    I did, i learned so much. And I miss him so much because he was my mentor. He taught me so many ideals and made me such an amazing person. Dad, i wouldn't be anywhere near the person i am today if you weren't there.. I wish i knew this before you had to go..I wish u didn't have...
    CrazyHappySad CrazyHappySad 22-25, F 2 Responses May 26, 2012

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    My Father, My Heart.

    I love both my parents equally but without a doubt I was so much closer to my father than I ever was with my Mom.  My Dad taught me about loyalty, integrity and character.  I had always sensed that there were a long list of people who have done him...
    Mahal1023 Mahal1023 46-50, F 3 Responses Nov 9, 2010

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    Daddy Dearest:)

    The one person whom i'll always look up to is my father. Of late, i realised that he knows me more than i thought he did. The is fully aware of the things i do and though they are somethings that my family wouldn't approve of sometimes, he just lets me be. :) He taught me the...
    siddha siddha 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 24, 2009

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    My Father Is A Very Smart Man

    My father is a very smart man. Yet at times I seem to hate him more than anything in this world. He is a very talented individual, handsome (probably where my looks came from), and very social...while in China. Twenty years after coming to the US with my mom and with...
    TheAsianSensation TheAsianSensation 16-17, M Feb 16, 2010

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    My Father's Daughter

    I am the slightly shy, female version of my father.  Of his four children, I look and act the most like him.  It sounds bad I know, but I was his favorite overall and we managed to become best friends as I entered adulthood.  I think of anyone in my life, my father...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Sep 10, 2008

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    Miss You Pap

    For 13 years my Dad raised me. He taught me to be strong and respect those who respect mr. sadly he died of cancer.2 years ago. I miss him terribly but his words have stayed in my heart.. Each lesson he taught me sticks to my mind. I miss you pap.
    saphirelake saphirelake 13-15, F Sep 25, 2012

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    Thank You, Daddy.

    My Dad has always been teaching me, he shares all the interesting things he learns with me and I often look to him for advice and opinions. He has taught me, and more importantly he has taught me to always seek more knowledge. He instilled in me the neverending thirst for...
    gloomysunday gloomysunday 18-21, F Feb 12, 2010

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    Dad, 8th Grade Dropout But A World Of Know-how

    I remember being the cocky type of teenager or early 20 something comparing myself to my father. He had never graduated from high school dropping out after 8th grade, going to work with his hands as a mechanic. He didn't do well in school in fact he read on a 6th grade level. I...
    dustin15 dustin15 36-40, M 2 Responses Apr 29, 2012

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    For My Father

    My father was the greatest man I ever knew. He quit school at 12 to support his Mom and 2 sisters and brother.  His father worked on the railroad but he was an alcoholic, and my father used to get called by the bartender to come and get him when he spent all his money...
    Whiskeyjim Whiskeyjim 46-50, M Sep 19, 2009

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    Daddy's Little Girl Is A Woman Now

    Of all the people in my life that I am proud to have there beside me, I've got to credit my Dad the most. Unfortunately he took a turn for the worst within these past recent years, and that turn caused us to drift apart. But I've never forgotten who he used to be, and all of the...
    Guinevere5290 Guinevere5290 18-21, F Feb 9, 2012

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    He Sure Did

    Yep, my father taught me that I do not EVER want to be with or marry a guy like him, my father. I thank him for showing me how ****** he really was and still is because now I know all the negative warning signs to watch out for in a man who is of evil...
    WoundsAreWaysToRevealUs WoundsAreWaysToRevealUs 22-25 3 Responses Jun 8, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    We may love the wrong person,Cry for the wrong person but one things for sure,mistakes help us find the right person.
    Quanitta Quanitta 26-30, F Mar 23

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    A few things I've learned from watching 24 on Netflix. 1: If Jack Bauer says something like " I'll protect you, you have my words. " You need to run the other direction screaming...
    crazywhovian73 crazywhovian73 36-40, M Mar 24

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    My father used to be my idol when I was small, but know I hate him with a fiery passion. When I was 8 years old I found out that he sleeps with other women. I found this out...
    Yasora Yasora 13-15, F 2 hrs ago

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    When I got pregnant at 17 my then boyfriend forced to live in their house which was a hell cause his father is an alcoholic dickhead. I've tried many times to leave my husband but...
    alivia25 alivia25 26-30, F 7 hrs ago

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    I lost my father to cancer on February 8, 2014 . I was just shy of turning 16 . He's missed so much in these past 2 1/2 months . I think it gets harder everyday . He should be...
    awkwardprincess98 awkwardprincess98 16-17, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I did something that was so hard for me to do a couple of weeks ago. I said Kaddish for both my father as well as my son together. It has been hard to say it for my dad for the...
    PerryGrosser PerryGrosser 51-55, M Apr 10

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    He was in my life the first four years, but after that it went downhill. I found out about his alcohol addiction and the fact he cheated on my mother. I believed him until I was in...
    PearlRose PearlRose 18-21 1 Response Mar 29

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    My father abused my mother, especially while she was impregnated, potentially inducing labor. I never knew him, he left when I was young. I am fifteen now and I've recently learned...
    GrimAndInUtterDismay GrimAndInUtterDismay 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I wish I had had a real Father. A dad that loved and cherished me and my brothers. My dad is an emotionally abusive man. He is also a severe narcissist. I stopped speaking to him...
    Howyahorse Howyahorse 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Where to begin. All I can say is although I have moved out of my fathers toxic home, I am still very nervous as I write this. I can literally feel the anxiety building up. Ok...
    rrrrandom rrrrandom 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I have got married 6 months back . My husband mostly talks abt his father who doesn't help me or my husband either physically or financially he has rented house in his native , he...
    vidh vidh 26-30, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    I could not think of a more perfect father than mine. Born as the oldest child of 8 sisters, my dad and his family grew up as a lower-class arabic family, at one point even...
    bassamelali bassamelali 18-21, M 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    Some people may find this hard to relate to. However, the memories of our fathers fathers stay within us. They are part of us, whether we like it or not. The memories become...
    LesFennecs LesFennecs 18-21, M Mar 28

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    I am 27, I lost my father to lung cancer 3 weeks ago he was 67, i feel so sad and alone and i feel that there's nothing to live for anymore. what breaks my heart more is that i...
    DadysGirl DadysGirl 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    My father passed away the middle of last year. A few years ago I "made amends"or so called, with him. We emailed between calls. I was able to communicate easier with him thru email...
    ozarkG ozarkG 36-40 1 Response Mar 22

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    I am spending the afternoon at poolside listening to the sounds of the afternoon, the birds calls, the crickets chirp, the noise of the nearby traffic, while observing the...
    Rusham Rusham 66-70, M 2 Responses Mar 24

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    my exposure to other people here is priceless and has improved my outlook on things greatly.I've learned not to judge someone by the label assigned to them by themselves or others...
    bob350 bob350 56-60, M 5 Responses Mar 28

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    i learned a lesson not to focus my time , emotions ,energy in to a person who doesnt even care if i am alive or dead. i will never express my love from now to any person unless...
    lifetriangle lifetriangle 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I've recently read that a lot of people have difficulty understanding why people in an abusive family/relationship just don't leave the abuser. I understand why they think so...
    imprintedme imprintedme 22-25, F Mar 24

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    My father left one week after I was born, he called once when I was in third grade but it was meant for my uncle about money. My grandparents hated him and always said things about...
    osnitrapzi osnitrapzi 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 28

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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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    My father left before I was born and had a mother that didnt give 2 *****. But I like it better that way. I was able to be my own father figure and learn from my own mistakes and...
    XxSaintsEyesxX XxSaintsEyesxX 16-17, M Mar 29

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    My father has not been around much throughout my entire life. I am currently 24 years old and almost turning 25 in less then a week. He over criticizes me and compares me to my...
    jezebelx jezebelx 22-25, F 5 days ago

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    Imagine if somebody comes back to home from university after giving an exam and saw the death body of his father, yes I faced it, my dad was having bone cancer and his treatment...
    friendsseeker friendsseeker 18-21, M Mar 23

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    I grew up with my grandparents. My mother had a relationship with my father. He was abusive time to time, he had come issues with his life, I have heard that he robbed some close...
    melodie9 melodie9 18-21, F Mar 28

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    I've noticed majority of criminals came from a single parent household . The kids at my school lots of them have no father they act up at school. They come from single parent...
    REALWORDS823 REALWORDS823 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    my biological father left my mother and I when I was 2 years old, and moved back to his home state MO. I'm now 23 with a 3 year old and I've seen him twice since I was 2, my...
    sh56388 sh56388 22-25, F Apr 9

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