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I Learned a Lot From My Father

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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

    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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    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 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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    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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    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'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 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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    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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    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 1 Response Mar 14, 2013

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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 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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    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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    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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    givuparedy givuparedy 56-60, M Jun 7

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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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    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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    A Lot..

    Don't drink too much alcohol.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 9, 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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    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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    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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    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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    ladyebugg ladyebugg 18-21, F Jul 12

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    Today my father wanted me to help him move a car. Since I am more comfortable with automatic rather than manual I told him I will try. I tried my best and managed to move the car...
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    I wish I was fearless and bold and, could put up a fight and stand up for myself but the truth is I am as timid as one could ever be. I shy away from strangers and stress out if I...
    patiencesentience patiencesentience 18-21, F 17 hrs ago

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    Hidden From Him- I was adopted from the US to Canada with my sister as a toddler&infant respectively.After my adopted father died when I was 8 my adopted mother suddenly packed me...
    IsaacofCalgary IsaacofCalgary 22-25, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Writing a diary is too risky, so I’ve decided to make a blog. I am not actually that good in writing essays but when I do, I always have a lot of things to say. It was this...
    kurinatot kurinatot 18-21, F Jul 14

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    I would like to live a life estranged from my family. My father was abusive both physically and emotionally. The pain he has caused me throughout my 22 years is at times...
    Liz3125 Liz3125 18-21, F Jul 13

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    I clashed with that personality trait. I lived in fear to express any opinion I had that differed. Age has changed that fear of opinion and speaking my true mind instead of...
    LienOnYourDreams LienOnYourDreams 31-35, M 1 Response Jun 24

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    A son in 1991 and daughter in 1994,but my wife and I didn't raise them. I am Korean and childrearing is done by women. My wife and I were too young(early 20s) with no stable career...
    DoonJi DoonJi 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 3

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    Well, I don't know why exactly but I feel like I want to share my thoughts with someone other than myself. I'm Egyptian, my name is Ibrahim and I'm not happy, in fact I don't...
    ibrahim1forse ibrahim1forse 22-25, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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    My name is Sam, as a child, my father didn't care much about me and he still doesn't. My father had me when he was a senior and my mother was a junior. After my mother gave birth...
    96Samuel96 96Samuel96 18-21, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have learned to take everything day by day. Nothing is ever going to be perfect. I have learned that your family is the most important thing. I have learned, nothing is better...
    OwnWhoYouAre OwnWhoYouAre 18-21, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I know I put the experience title as such above, but at the moment I would put myself on the borderline of not liking his actions and/or just not caring any longer for him...
    Paintbrushes Paintbrushes 16-17, F Jun 27

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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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    As I said before I was 15 when my mother,2 siblings, and I were finally liberated from my abusive bigamist(married to a woman in Ukraine while married to my mother in US)father. He...
    Eitan Eitan 22-25, M a week ago

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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 6 days ago

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    I had a tough childhood. Abuse from my mothers boyfriend, abuse from my father and his 2nd and 3rd wives, verbal abuse and fluctuating over protective and smothering from my mother...
    hurtinginma hurtinginma 41-45, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    It is never too late, they say. But maybe harder and easier in certain ways, as time passes. The horror of it had not really gone anywhere. But atleast I was older and more...
    mirkwood86 mirkwood86 26-30, M Jul 12

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    I just cried because i miss my father My father died when i was 1 year old. He died after being in coma for 9 months. I don't remember anything about him. It's sometimes upset me...
    LovelyLilly13 LovelyLilly13 22-25, F Jun 23

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    My hatred for my father is complex and still disturbs me after all this time. I wish I didn't hate the man. I can't say I ever really knew him, but that's part of the problem. My...
    AngusDuke AngusDuke 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 29

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    For my entire life I have only wanted my dad to love me. He says he does with phrases like "kiddo I love you so much" and "you are my saving grace.". But if I was his saving grace...
    eviecain eviecain 18-21, F Jul 15

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