Well, I used the only thing you ever bought me the other day. The hand mixer I purchased with the gift card you sent me for Christmas a few years ago. That mixer’s my inheritance, your legacy to me, and pretty much the only good thing you ever gave me.
Oh wait – when you gave me up to the government, you “gave” me a lot of things, but none of them were beneficial.
You got out of a lot in your life – supporting your daughter financially, emotionally, and otherwise – when you surrendered me. What’s interesting is, shortly thereafter, you traded me in for two new models when you adopted two children with your second wife. Like a do-over? I never truly realized the significance of that until after your death. I also did not realize you had separated from Mom, perhaps because her illness became too much for you to handle. I only realized that after re-reading the synopsis of my life I’d received from social services. Mom and I were living with her mother until my mother went into the hospital because of colitis. My aunt told me she was in there for a year. During that year, you screwed around on her. What a winner you were Dad. Cut and run when it gets to be too much. Sometimes I wonder if I inherited that urge from you – I, too, want to run when life gets to be too much. But I don’t.
Too bad you couldn’t have manned up and done the same.