Just this past week I was on a trip to Golden, Colarado to see my father. See, this is the basic tale of my experience with my father (The early years escape me in the large, but here goes): My Mother & Father married in 1990. My Father "Became" (Says my mother) an Alcoholic (Passing out on whiskey & gin) and an addict to cigarettes about half a year after the marriage. When I was born in 1991, my Mother & Father had been fighting almost constantly for a long while. My Father could not seem to keep a steady job, and was fired on several occasions for things like showing up late and drunk, drinking at work, and eventually not showing up at all. I remember one fight between them in which my Mother was painting a desk, my Father was approaching the desk, and my mother "felt threatened," threatening to call the police. Shortly after this fight, my Mother divorced my Father. For about six years after this, I had minimal contact with my Father - starting around three hours a day and quickly decreasing to about 20 minutes on the phone per month. My Father had never been one to keep his promises,and, on my seventh birthday, he called to promise - Promise - to take me camping the next day (which I now know was ridiculous--who goes camping at the end of July?). The next day, I waited by the phone, like a sick dog, but he never called. I cried myself to sleep that night. He never called back, and a call to him would ring and ring but never be picked up. He had ran away, and for the next Eight years of my life, I had no contact whatsoever with him. My mom and I could not even find a state, let alone an address. Then, in AAugust of 2006, the Government found him (After only Eight years of no child support!)--In Golden, CO. My mother forced me to write a letter to him, forgiving him for everything. He then wrote back, saying "I'm So Sorry," etc, etc. Eventually, we talked on the phone, where I repeated the words my mother had ordered me to. After about a year of fake communications, my mother dragged me to go see him in Golden, using such manipulative lies as "You need to see him," "You owe it to him," and "you'll be sorry if you don't see him." I had an Okay time there--A very awkward week of learning that he is not the sort of person I enjoy knowing. I have practically nothing in common with him, and I thank luck for that. The whole time I was there, I was put down and criticized-The only way my mother would have it. And, this is where I am today--15 years old, turning 16 in about half a day Please, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or opinions, share them-I am still honestly in shock, and would truly appreciate the voice of a person more experienced in life than me. Thank you very kindly, and have a nice day.More about my life besides my father is available at http://freedomainradio.com/board/forums/ShowThread.aspx?PostID=75834#75834 .
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