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My dad is brilliant. An inoffensive character who is always jolly and willing to talk. Downside, he's pretty lazy.
On the downside he can be totally psychotic (I'm not kidding at all) and I get my temper from him.
I am at the age now where my dad would have already been married, had a child (me), gone through a tumultous marriage and left. There is loads I could say about my dad, I could open up to him and tell him anything, though I don't necessarily always choose to.
I've seen him transform from an angry and scared young man to a settled, mature older man. It's strange, but I am certain his development did not have huge overbearing on my own, and in turn through my own growth and the tentative growth of my much younger half brother, we have changed and influenced his outlook as much as he has done for me. Also, I feel he is extraordinarily gifted, and would still like him to share his talents and insight with the world. If it never happens, I can take comfort in having enjoyed those at first hand.
I feel I have a unique relationship with him.
But I recently gained respect for him when he rang me after the bells, like he said he would, and the conversation run thus:
"Hello son - Happy New Year."
"Hello Dad - Happy New Year to you too."
"You sound terrible. What have you been doing?"
"Just watching that Jools Holland thing."
"Oh right. I'll let you go then. Bye."
No nonsense, twenty seconds in total, like a real man. He might be a tool, but he doesn't mess about. We're more like each other than I could imagine. I've got his temper too. Woo!
but he was pretty cool
But he's cool now. The best thing my Mum ever did was break up with him. He's not really proper Dad material but I've learnt so much from him. He also has an exceptionally good taste in music which means I never go to gigs alone.
I have no idea what he's like or what he's done.
Had a pretty frought relationship with him till I was about 16, but I always idolised the ground he walked on. Since then, Ive grown up a bit, hes starting working less and some distance between us generally mean we get on great. I speak to him on the phone 3-4 times a week and generally would be complete lost without him...