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I Learned a Lot From My Father

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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 26-30, F Mar 14, 2013

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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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    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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    I secretly hate talking to my Dad.

    It's not that he's done anything wrong. I see myself in him. He raised me my whole life and since I was 15 nothing but bad things have been happening to him. Now his health has become an issue and there's nothing I can do about that. Every time we talk its "oh they found this...
    ThePopeVino ThePopeVino 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 17

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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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    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 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 29, 2012

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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 26-30, F 2 Responses May 26, 2012

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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, 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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    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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    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 2 Responses Nov 24, 2012

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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 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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    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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    Dad........What to Say

    Dad, I write this knowing that someday you will be gone and I may not be there to say goodbye. I believe that I got my hard work ethic from you, from times that I remember you had a truck route with Pepsi back in the old days, then you moved to wonder bread.  You showed...
    mtvlm mtvlm 41-45, M Feb 20, 2009

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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 31-35, M 1 Response Apr 8, 2008

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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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    Seblett Seblett 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 28, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    A Lot..

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

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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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    My Father Taught Me

    "Whatever you do in life, always do your best at it". Words I try to live by. 
    Dragon56 Dragon56 56-60, M Jan 7, 2010

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    rehn65 rehn65 16-17, M Nov 28, 2014

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    I learned that only a coward leaves his kids

    behind. I learned to not expect people to come back to you at a young age. I learned that just cause you share blood with someone, it doesn't make you family. You gotta earn that. I learned that I will never let him in my life, if he wasn't here the whole time then that's his...
    jules401 jules401 13-15, T Dec 26, 2014

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    I learned that different culture have different

    lifestyles and it can be a lot more difficult to survive than others, I also learned how to care deeply for others. Taught me right from wrong (literally). Turned me into someone that isn't proud of themselves....
    BlackBloodDemon BlackBloodDemon 13-15, M 1 Response May 24

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    We were always close.

    It was about a week and a half before he died. A warm Spring day with the windows finally opened, and mom and I were sitting on the bed with him and chatting. Mom and I got off on a tangent and a minute or two later, we looked back at Dad, who was patting his hands together...
    Windandwonder Windandwonder 51-55, M Jun 6, 2014

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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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    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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    My father passed away a week before my 11th birthday. For the first few years, I was incredibly angry at the world for taking him away from me. As the time went on the anger died...
    SapphicMinion SapphicMinion 26-30, F 4 Responses 16 hrs ago

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    I've held these feelings back for so long now that I can't possibly hold them back any longer. I have trouble with people who want nothing but to take take take. I do everything in...
    ianbrewman ianbrewman 26-30, T 2 days ago

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    I should have moved out the second I turned 18, but I was trapped by my own fear and the emotional control he had over me, and I stayed for another three years. When my mom finally...
    TrueBlue94 TrueBlue94 18-21, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    If anyone shares my experience please respond. I am feeling guilty for thinking about my future as a single women. Now, I love my son. There is nothing I wouldn't do for him. I am...
    wanthimtoNEEDme wanthimtoNEEDme 41-45, F 3 days ago

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    I am almost twenty-three years old and the first time I saw my biological father was when I was in the sixth grade and that was for ten minutes. After that time I did not see him...
    Nichole1992 Nichole1992 22-25, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I need to say this: he is a good man. However, he made many choices in his life that created this distance between us. He worked really hard and provided to us , 6 children . He...
    breathingeasy breathingeasy 41-45, M 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    A great TED talk video in conquering your fears so you can have the life you want by an astronaut who went blind in space: http://www.ted.com/talks...
    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    A great TED talk video in conquering your fears so you can have the life you want by an astronaut who went blind in space: http://www.ted.com/talks...
    LoveIsWithinYou LoveIsWithinYou 26-30, M 3 days ago

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    So I get the question a lot "where does the Captain come from?" The story/memory behind it was my father was the captain freight fishing boat. And every time he was at home, I was...
    CaptainBlake CaptainBlake 18-21, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    my parents separated as i entered adolescence. before that my time spent with my dad became much less since he had to work in the city and stay there. until i became used to not...
    elysium9527 elysium9527 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    My dad was In the military until I was 3, my parents separated when i was 4 and divorced when I was 5. Once the divorced happened I did live with my father but stayed in my room. I...
    Backwoodsbeautyqueen Backwoodsbeautyqueen 13-15, F 4 days ago

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