I apologize for the lack of entries lately. I’ve been fighting a bad chest cold for 3 weeks now, just can’t seem to get rid of it. Mixed with my asthma, it’s been hell! Also, this is full of drama, a heads up in advance.
Today, I’d like to talk about family. My little girl and I were going through pictures the other day and we came across a picture of my uncle Bill and my dad at his wedding, the wedding I attended even after he refused to attend mine because my half sisters mom was going to be there. My half sister was part of the wedding party. Anyway, Gracie asked me why I don’t talk to my dad. I told her the truth. My dad wasn’t a good dad, isn’t a good dad, he doesn’t want to be my dad and I left it at that. I posted on facebook something on the lines of “Grace asked me why I don’t talk to my dad. How to you explain to an almost 6 year old that your dad threatened to kill you and tried to find you when you were little?” I did get some comments, some said they understood, that they’d went through it too, others said they were sorry, some gave me some advice. I appreciated it. And then my aunt Cindy had to voice her opinion. Cindy and I don’t know each other well at all. My dads side of the family didn’t attend my wedding, we don’t talk much, etc. It was only his parents and one of my cousins who attended the wedding. It’s fine though.
So Cindy starts going off cursing saying something about how my mom has fed me crap about my dad and that it was her who was a bad mom. Yes, my mom had a drug problem when my brother, sister and I were little. She doesn’t deny that at all. The fact that she sent my brother and sister to live with my grandparents and I so she could go detox was a big step on her part. It made her a better person obviously. The will power to know that you’re messing up, regardless of the addiction, takes an amazing amount of strength. I admire my mom for that! My mom saw that post before I did, called and was very angry. She asked me to delete the whole thing, which I did out of respect for her. Not before I replied to Cindy though. I pretty much told her that I wasn’t fed anything. Sure, I’ve heard stories about when I was little, but I haven’t said anything about them on facebook. What I posted was what my dad put me through personally. What I remember clearly…who forgets their dad trying to kill them? Or all the birthdays passing with not even a phone call? The broken promises? How about when his parents and my brother and sister were hit by a drunk driver? My siblings almost died and both went in for emergency surgery. He couldn’t even be bothered to see them in the hospital! Tell me again how wonderful my father is. When someone tries and tries for many years to form a relationship with their father just to have him refuse you, yeah, it makes a huge impact on a person! Cindy’s opinions don’t matter. She doesn’t know me, I don’t know her, but I definitely felt the need to defend what I felt was my right, to post what I want. The part that bothered me most was that my 3 cousins (2 are her daughters) “liked” the post about my mom. Now tell me who’s been feeding who crap.
Cindy posted this sticker on my wall after the nasty post about my mom. The funny thing is, I post about my marriage all the time. I have called Tom an asshat and even explained my definition of it. Not once has anyone said anything about posting too much information on facebook. I’m going to post the conversation we had on that sticker in here. I’m not trying to welcome drama or anything, but this is something I’d like to keep, and this is where I vent.
Alicia – Cynthia, considering my account is full of my friends and family, even though in some cases, the distance is there, I will vent all I want to. That is my release. If people choose to ignore the post, that’s perfectly fine with me. It’s not a public post for a reason. Yes, feedback is wonderful! I love my dad but he’s a fucking asshole Cindy. It’s not just about back then, it’s from when him and Laurie got together when he played the daddy roll wonderfully while he lived in town and can’t be bothered to pick up the phone and call, or even pick up the phone when I call, stop by when he’s in town, hell I haven’t seen him in 7 years! I tried to see him when I was there last but do you think the phone got answered when I called? My mom has made some mistakes, yes. I know I was raised by Nan and Pop, not my mom or dad. But, my mom has worked her ass off to reform that relationship we were missing and it’s an amazing one! No one is perfect, I get that. But the amount of hurt I feel and have felt in the past caused by my father is something that not even time can heal simply because I have yet to fully give up wanting a relationship with him! What I judged that post on had NOTHING to do with what anyone has told me but with what I’ve experienced from him personally.
I love you Cindy, but if you can’t stand hearing that kind of thing, I suggest you take me off your friends list because my opinion about my dad and the experiences I’ve went through with him are not going to change!
My family has been my grandparents, aunt Nee, uncle Vin, Daryl, Amanda, mom and Gran and Gramps. Please explain to me where you fit in in the past 19 years between my mom, dad and I to be placing judgement like you have?
You think your hands are clean Cindy? I didn’t place judgement on a situation I don’t know or understand, those were my personal experiences.
As for this wall sticker…the only person saying anything is you.
I apologize for this post, but that was bullshit and completely uncalled for!
- Cynthia – You seem to forget, he may be your dad, but he is uncle to a lot of others who do not feel the way you do. And if you are all about feeling comfortable saying whatever you want and having people read it ten what is the difference for me? There isn’t one. So if you post it, I guess its fair shootin! Move on Alicia and quit putting yourself in a bad situation. Where is your self respect???
- Alicia – My self respect? I should ask you the same thing. Hmm, I guess I lost that when my dad stopped respecting me. I agree, Denae, Dallas, Kasey, etc might consider him a wonderful guy! And that’s great if they do, I’m glad he’s a good uncle but he’s a terrible father, that’s all I’m saying. I will not “move on” because what I have experienced is up to me to share or not. You’re also right about everyone being entitled to their opinions, I’m with you on that. Like I said, that post was about the things dad and I have went through together, personally, nothing that anyone has “fed me.” No bullshit in there. Dad is no hero, nor is he a dad…ask any of us 4 kids. I’m glad he’s an uncle though, maybe that makes up for it.
Also, I’m in a perfectly fine situation right here where I am, thank you.
- Alicia – Do they now? I said dad was a terrible dad to all 4 of us, I’m taking your word he’s a great uncle. I guess that makes up for all the lost years past and to come without talking to his own children right?
There’s that judgement again. Obviously I must be unhappy to be unhappy and speak the truth about my own dad. Yep, that has to be the case. Or, maybe I’m tired of hurting and feeling like I’ve never been enough for him? Every birthday gone by that he didn’t call, even though I’d call him on his. Oh that’s right, he doesn’t know my birthday.
You have no idea who I am unfortunately and my parenting skills…be careful bringing parenting into the picture Cindy, especially if we’re speaking freely with our opinions.
Keep making excuses for him though. You are, after all, closer to him than I am!
Cindy is and always has been an alcoholic for as long as I can remember which is what I meant by bringing parenting into the picture. After bringing my kids into the conversation, she’s lucky I didn’t spill everything I know about her. She must forget I was there a few times. But it wasn’t my intention to cause drama, just to get opinions on how to explain things to your child when you have so much hurt caused by that person.
My cousin then posted a status about people airing their dirty laundry on facebook.
It’s horrible. I mean, if my cousins think so highly f him, than I have no doubts that he’s a good uncle to them. Why can’t he be a good dad to me?