I grew up thinking I was a disappointment, an unwanted girl
I grew up seeing you choose your family and friends’ sons over me
I grew up seeing you leave my court to watch them toss a ball
I grew old and still can count the times you visited on a single hand

I stood by you when I thought you needed it most
I didn’t yet know you betrayed us in her final hours
I didn’t know how far you would fall

You didn’t know that I still look at her in the mirror
and you didn’t know that I could walk away

I just wanted you to know that dear dad

I know this letter will never get to you, dear dad, but I had to let you know that I will never break, I will never be like you and I will always put my kids first.

This is a 3 part letter, starting with ‘Dear Dad: Unwanted’

  1. Dear Dad: Unwanted
  2. Dear Dad: Rejected
  3. Dear Dad: Goodbye

Susann is a travel, parenting, beauty and lifestyle blogger in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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