Thank You To My Goofy Dad

Thank You To My Goofy Dad

I don't know what I would do without you.


One thing I value above most things is my family. They mean the world to me. I also know for a fact, that I have been blessed with parents who love me and support me unconditionally. I cannot imagine life without my parents and cannot fathom having anyone else as my parents. For this article however, I would like to focus on my dad.

My dad is one of the most fun, goofy, laid-back, and loving people I know. He is always good for a laugh any time of the day. He is a true master of dad jokes, and dad dance moves. I know I can always count on him for inside jokes, and cracking up about the silliest things together. My dad also is the best movie/TV show buddy there ever was. We watch so many movies together. He LOVES and I mean loves the movies. He would rather do that nine times out of ten rather than anything else. Also, quite recently, he has become my binge watching buddy as well. We will watch episodes upon episodes of now our favorite TV show. I love staying up and watching movies with him. I also love just laughing with him. He will always be there for the fun stuff.

However, the best part about my dad is his heart. He truly cares about my brothers, sister-in-laws, nephew, mom, and I. I know without a shadow of a doubt he would do anything for us. Both of my parents have taught me what unconditional love truly is. My dad is one of the easiest people to talk to, he loves to talk and can give some pretty bomb advice. I know any time I just need to rant, I have a listener, and a person who will always try his best to give me helpful advice. My dad has shown me what it is like to be Christ like, and to lead your family in that way. Also my dad is very welcoming to all of our friends, he will always joke with them and make them feel at home. He wants to be just as loving towards them as well. He has a great heart underneath his (sometimes) tough persona.

My parents truly have taught me what unconditional love is and I enjoy getting closer to them every day. My dad is always my number one pal to watch movies, joke with, and have in my corner supporting/loving me.

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Blocking Toxic Family Members Can Be Just What You Needed

It isn't an easy choice but it can be the most rewarding.


I haven't written for the Odyssey in quite some time due to this large issue in my life that I feel some people may also need to hear. Watching your parents go through a divorce can be difficult in itself, but what about having to remove one of your parents from your life at the same time? It's something I don't think many people could imagine doing. However, sometimes you are forced into the position between choosing what is best for your mental health or what is expected of you. For me, I realized that I needed to put myself first.

I realized that I am my own person. How I present myself and how I act and what I choose to believe in is how the world perceives me. I was faced with a parent who did not let me be who I am. The way I thought had to be in line with theirs. What I openly spoke about had to be in line with that parent's thoughts. This also, in turn, meant I had to revolve how I was perceived to the world around that parent's family. I had to abide by these societal norms and do what someone else expected of me. I realized that was ludicrous.

This parent was also abusive. They were toxic and manipulative and I could not stand idly by and just take that from them while also trying to become an independent young adult. I was forced to sit and watch one of my parents transform into someone I didn't recognize anymore. I had to watch them ignore any kind of reality checks and continue to feign innocence. I watched one of my parents mentally manipulate people I once called family into believing lies. I kept my head down and shut my mouth and kept taking the abuse. Now I'm at a point where I can confidently say that I am no longer afraid.

I was forced to cut ties with a parent that raised me, cared for me, attended school functions, fixed toys, bought me my first phone. I was forced to chuck out priceless memories for my own sanity. I could not sit idly by and allow myself to endure one more second of lies or abuse. I had to stand up for myself for once in my life and I blocked most of my family. I blocked cousins, aunts, uncles, and godparents. I changed my phone number that I had since 6th grade. I gave no warning and disappeared from my family's lives. Do I have regrets? No. I would do it again if I had to because I am so much stronger than sitting there and taking it.

I will have one less parent at my college graduation, which I am fighting so hard to achieve. I will have one less parent at my wedding. My future children will have one less grandparent. I mope in these thoughts but then I have to remember the other side of things. I will not have an unsupportive parent at my graduation and instead will have those that were there every step of the way. I will lack someone who was toxic at my wedding. My future children will never have to face the same abusive, toxic situations that my parent put me through. It was a difficult decision to make but one that I know in my heart is worthwhile.

Cutting a family member out of your life is difficult enough but cutting a parent is unimaginable. However, no one deserves to go through abusive situations. It shouldn't matter who the person is; if someone is treating you less than you deserve to be treated, they have no use being in your life. You should always be your first priority. You should never have to endure something for the sake of others. I am here to tell you that you are more than that and that cutting out a family member could actually be the best thing for you, even if it's incredibly difficult. I did it and I'm still here. It made me realize who my real family was, and there will never be enough thank you's in the world to show my mother just how much I appreciate her.

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