This I Believe Essay

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This I Believe Essay
June 4, 2014
Family Should Come First

Most of my earliest memories do not have my biological father in them, even though he lived less than a 5 minute walk away.

I grew up in what is now considered to be a "broken home" environment. Back in the seventies I lived in a trailer court with my mom and her new husband, the infamous step-dad. During this time, my ‘real' dad was moving on with his life as well, living with his new wife only three streets away. It was uncommon for him to call or come over to spend time with me, but being so young it didn’t really matter at the time.

As the holidays started to fly by my stepfather began to notice that my dad was no longer showing an interest in my life. My real dad had even stopped asking me what I wanted for Christmas, and started sending money to my mom to go buy me a gift from him. Needless to say this was the last straw in my stepfathers’ eyes. What he did next, I’ll never forget. He waited for my ‘dad’ to drop off the "present money" and confronted him on the front porch. Even though I was in the living room area with my mom, I still heard this man, my 'step-dad’ stand up to my real father and tell him that “Jason doesn’t need your money. What he needs is his dad to take an interest in him, get more involved with his life and show him that family is always there for each other no matter what”. My dad became silent. I think he knew there was a lot of truth to my stepfathers’ words. What surprised me the most is that these words came from a man that I despised at the time. Yet there he was, teaching me life’s most fundamental lesson.

That is why I believe that friends and partners will come and go but your family will never change. Family inspires its generations to prepare for the future, discusses its past experiences with each other in hopes to pass…...

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