Does The Very Best He Can For Us All

My father is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. I can't even believe he's my father sometimes!

Sure, I was a teenager with angst, didn't understand - didn't see how hard he worked. I didn't see the turmoil...

My father works for a Humanitarian Aid Relief Organization. He's always worked in this field, all non profits, most non governmental. He deals with the worst, the bureaucracy and the first hand experience of death and destruction. He's been all over. He went to Katrina, Indonesia, Gaza, Iraq. Currently he's in charge of the operations in the Middle East, Eurasia and the Caucasus. 

He grew up in a family of 9 children. His father died when he was in college. He and his siblings raised each other and took care of their mother.

He went into the military after graduating with a BA from Notre Dame (where in April he'll be the guest of an honorary dinner) and shipped out to Japan. This is where he met my mother, also in the military. She was a court reporter.

They were married in Japan, traveled, had my brothers, my sister and myself. Then he realized she was changing. I was in preschool at the time. I don't remember any of this. I have no first hand memories, although it happened all throughout my childhood... " "... Anyway, she had an onset of paranoid schizophrenia. My sister almost died. A glass cabinet fell on her head and my mother started cursing the devil, the devil did it. 

My father decided soon after I was born that when we all grew up he would divorce my mother. He did the best he could to keep the family together, support us, never thinking of himself. He didn't have the slightest idea how to raise two teenage girls. He wasn't good at it. There were times where I certainly didn't want to see him when he came back from his month long business trips to disaster zones. I knew it wouldn't be a loving family night, dad back at home.

Plenty else has gone wrong in our family but my father, I have a respect for him that I never thought I'd gain. Now that I did, though, I needed to post it on here. 

He's saved more lives than anyone I know. My father is the hero every child wants their father to be. And after all those years he was even able to save himself.

 

Anitcha Anitcha
18-21, F
Mar 2, 2010