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I Learned a Lot From My Father

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 409 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    A Lot..

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Seblett Seblett 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 28

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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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I really have learned from my mistakes and I feel today I learned a lot. I won't go into great detail because I doubt anyone on here cares. I'm not saying that in a pout and...
    HONAW HONAW 41-45, M 1 Response Oct 2

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    Oh geez... There is so much trash here on ep. All these girls from other countries looking for husbands... Beware of these scammers. Pretty girls just wanting to hook up with you...
    ChrisErizo1 ChrisErizo1 31-35, M 3 Responses Oct 13

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    I certainly don't want to forget the past, and the lessons it gave...The truth is - life now is getting out fully of the dark and into the light. "When we begin to take our...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 1 Response Oct 11

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    Sometimes, chaos comes into life catching you by surprise....The equilibrium you worked so hard to maintain is tipped off-balance....The ball of the pendulum is swayed from one...
    samemay54 samemay54 41-45, F 39 mins ago

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    So I've finally decided to sit down and express my feelings regarding the man whose ***** fertilized my mother's egg to create me. Yay, meiosis! 1. He left my mother When I was 6...
    SlothQueen SlothQueen 16-17, F 6 Responses Oct 2

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    A little over a year ago... My mom died. She overdosed on a blood thinning drug she took for dialysis. And today I just learned that my step father killed her...She laid in bed...
    MarisoleLane MarisoleLane 18-21, F Oct 15

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    His island Pocket Guides can be found for people far more considering his a few years of island analysis.There are plenty of points to accomplish on St Vincent Island relevant to...
    Willy52yt Willy52yt 31-35, M 1 Response Sep 28

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    Reading a variety of fiction and listening to texts which are in the process of preparation, I’ve noticed that I have some in-built expectations about the level of truth, or...
    exponential123 exponential123 46-50, F 2 hrs ago

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    I am sure many of you have leaned a plethora of life lessons, so I am not reinventing the wheel here, but I find it more curious that some people seem to inately know how to live...
    chatty1962 chatty1962 51-55, F Oct 6

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    When I watch the movie “Mermaids” with Cher and Wynona Rider. I can see my own childhood any many ways in that film, it’s so uncanny. I never met nor knew my natural father...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 6

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    I learned that you can give up too much of yourself. I learned how to be mean. I learned how to hide my emotions. I learned that evil exists in the hearts of some people. I learned...
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 13

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    I was born in a man's house and about a year later, I was sent to the village to my maternal grandmother. This is a story I grew up to hear. My grandmother was living in a very...
    stanlis stanlis 31-35, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I really try to not ber over emotional and try to see things from the big picture. My finace and me have been together for almost 4 1/2 years, and living together for aprox. three...
    HeatherM1988 HeatherM1988 26-30, F Sep 29

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    My dad stayed around with my mom until my brother was 7 and i was 5 because my mom moved us to North Carolina for a better life my mom lived with my father for about 10 years so we...
    Himynameis123456789 Himynameis123456789 18-21, F Oct 5

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    I was in therapy for many years in junior high and high school. I had some serious issues around isolation and loneliness. I was depressed, horribly bullied, and miserable. Fat and...
    incorporealist incorporealist 36-40, M Sep 28

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    I've just started a new blog at www.colliesjournal.com, talking about my step family experience. Here is one of my stories... According to childwelfare.gov/adoption/stepparent...
    colliesjournal colliesjournal 41-45, F Oct 10

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    My Father never loved my Mother... He never loved me either. He left us and i know that my mother still loves him and misses him... I kinda do too but i hate him so much. I hate...
    sky1391 sky1391 13-15, F 2 Responses Oct 13

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    I seriously need a father figure in my life. It's a void that has been in my heart for a very long time, and I seriously can't take the pain. I've lived my entire life up to this...
    GrandGizzard GrandGizzard 18-21, M Sep 27

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    A Gangbanger and Jailbird Who Never Did Anything For Me- My mother was married before my 1st birthday and as she puts it her ex "never did a damned thing for you!" and "if not for...
    SexyRicana SexyRicana 22-25, F Oct 11

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    It was a Wednesday September 26, 2007 in the morning. I was 9 and my little sister was 5. It was her birthday and she was excited. I was getting ready for school then went into my...
    Heyabbott1 Heyabbott1 16-17, M 2 days ago

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