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A Gift For My Father

--by sahaja, posted Nov 29, 2007
Today, I am feeling for my father.  Its been 11 years since I've been married, since I left home. 

I want to confess that I have had a very troubled childhood.  Though born in an educated family, I had to  survive my mother's sudden death when I was five and the temper of my father.  My father was a very very short tempered man, though by heart he was not bad.  I had one big brother (two years elder), and my father used to beat us very badly for very small things.

After a year of mother's accident, he remarried.  My second mother also had two children of her own, and she controlled the whole house and my father.  Though she was not that bad, she was partial with me ... may be because I was not that good looking.  Even if my younger step-sister would abuse me, my father would scold me for that.  She always got what she wanted but I had to be satisfied with whatever I got.  My father never paid heed to this at that time.

Now, my father is an old man.  He is still egoistic but recalls some of the incidents of the pasts (which I have forgotten) where wrong things were done to me and tries to be as nice to me as possible.  Still, in the last 11 years of my marriage, I have never gifted him anything for his birthday or on any other occasion. 

So this coming birthday, I want to give him a good present.

This change has occurred to me because of this website.  Thank you all, for sharing.
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Readers Comments

Fasiha wrote: Its indeed very difficult to forgive certain things which have altogether changed the meaning of your life making life a nightmare. And u have come out courageous and inspiring. Wish you HAPPY MOMENTS all along!
mdadlaza wrote: What a sad story it sounds to me., but I am glad you have come into terms about it and you want to make up.
Kirstenkp wrote: I beleive in redemption. Life is too short to harbor guilt and harsh feelings. Once you start to forgive, you will feel happier and more at peace.
anonymous wrote: You didn't deserve all the pain you've felt through the years. You are wonderful, enlightened, and brave.
Bailey wrote: To pass on kindness for the sake of being good and kind is one thing. To return kindness is another, even easier. To pass along kindness in return for pain is HUGE is something else again. You've made a shift that will bring you many blessings on top of the blessing of forgiveness, itself.
Ida wrote: Good luck with your father it doesnt cost anything to forgive and life is too short not to.
Addisu Dagnaw wrote: thank you for your intersting message.
i always pray for all you.
Michele wrote: IF only more people could be loving and forgiving like you what a beautiful world it would be.
God is smiling I am sure. :)
warmth wrote: What a wonderful change. God Bless U. May u get all the love and happiness from ur father. Pray to God for ur success, peace and happiness in all walks of life. :)
katlampi wrote: That is very good of you to turn the other cheek! Forgiveness (or steps in that direction anyway) can be the greatest gift. Thank you for sharing this wonderful gesture!

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