So my parents, the people who had sex to create me… Where to start with that. I guess my life would have been deferent If everything had worked out the way the story books read but that Just wasn’t how It happened for me. I grew up In a “broken home”, meaning my mother and father were not together for the majority of my life and I’ve never had the “traditional” family setting. That being said I still have two parents and this is for them. Mary – Most people would write mother or mom here but you lost that title from me a Eng time ago.

Because of you I learned real early In life that it takes a lot more than giving birth to someone to be a mother. Because of you I learned a lot about life at an age where my biggest concern should have been which TV show I wanted to watch after a hard day at school. You single-handily changed the way I saw the world and the way I saw the people in it with every disappointment and every broken promise. You were the one that made it so hard for me to make friends and the one I blame for my inability to trust people (although you had help).

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You left me alone to handle the many tasks that a mother should be there for. I handled my becoming a woman and my first day of high school by myself. I got ready for prom without a mother’s touch and left for graduation without a mother’s smile. And when I needed you most you wasn’t there either. Like the time I wanted to confide in you about my first kiss or when I needed your support the first time I ever had my heartbroken. You wasn’t there to help me get dressed for my first formal ball and you wasn’t the one that aught me when I was too weak to stand after my first love walked straight out of my life.

You wasn’t the one that caught my tears all those many nights alone and you wasn’t the one there that helped me move away from the past when It hurt so bad to look back. BUT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN. I did just fine without you in my life. I would of loved for you to have been there through it all but you had other plans for yourself and I wasn’t a part of them. But do know that I am an amazing person because of everything that you taught me and you should be proud of that.

I work hard for everything I have and I appreciate things more because I know how easily things can Just disappear, I fight for things I believe In and I have the courage to say when I think something Is wrong. I have a huge heart and a gentle spoilt but I don’t allow people to walk over me. I do my best to see the goodness in everyone but sometimes I fail. Im still learning and constantly making mistakes but I learn from them and hopefully one day you will learn from yours too. Daddy – Where do I even start?

I am so much like you in almost every way and I am a rue daddy’s girl all the way to the core. We fight and bicker and bump heads repeatedly but I know that’s only because you love me and want the best for me. You’ve made mistakes too but you worked hard to correct them and to make them better. And even though things aren’t perfect, you’ve done a damn good job of raising me. You’ve always been there for me to turn to and confide in even when the situations weren’t always that pleasant. It was you that handled me growing up and you that watched me cry over those silly boys.

You were the one that I went to when I let my world was crashing down because I always knew you would lend a helping you have raised me in a way that I will be able to face it head on without looking back. Sometimes I wonder if I have disappointed you lately with my decisions that you don’t agree with and if I have, I am really sorry. But please have faith in me to correct my mistakes because you, my father, have raised me to the standard where I can handle my own and if I ever doubt my own strength or ability I know that I can come to you for the guidance I need to head back down the right path.

I love you so much for being there even when you thought you weren’t helping me at all. It’s because of you that I have no fear when faced with hard choices. It’s because of you that I smile when others expect me to fail and it’s because of you that I know that no matter how many mistakes I make, I can always make them right again. I have learned so much from you and I will continue to learn all the days that you’re right by my side. I love you daddy. You’re the only man I’ll ever need because you loved me first

So I may have grown up in a “broken home” but where the traditional family fell apart many people stepped up and filled the cracks and for that I couldn’t be any more grateful. Some may pity me and my situation but really I’m one of the luckiest girls in the world because instead of having Just two parents I had many throughout my life. Each one holds their own special place in my heart and taught me something else about myself and the world around me. I am the well rounded, strong individual that I am because of my many parental figures.