You left when I was young. As I got older I started to hate you for not sticking around. First, you made up excuses as to why you couldn't come see us on the weekend. Then you stopped calling in general. You found a new wife and had new kids...we didn't seem important anymore.
Even though it hurt, I'm not here to blame you or to hate you....I want to thank you.
You taught me so many things by leaving. The fact that you could walk away so easily taught me not to throw my heart out there because someone might break it without a care. You taught me to love my mom with all my heart because she was all I had.
You left and gave another guy the opportunity to take your place....you left a space open for a real dad to step in. You showed me that you don't have to be blood to be family.
Because of you, I became brave and independent at a young age.
You showed me that not everyone you think you want in your life is someone who needs to be there. You taught me that being alone doesn't have to be a bad thing but simply a lesson and a journey.
You left me broken hearted so that I wasn't afraid to put myself out there anymore. The risk of someone breaking my heart wasn't that scary because I'd gone through it before....I knew I'd be ok.
You showed me that nobody can stop me, nobody can stand in my way.
So thank you for not being there. Thank you for teaching me the lessons that have helped me throughout my entire life so far. Thank you for starting a new life without me, I don't know who I'd be today if you hadn't.