I’ve just found your Adopt-A-Diamond site last night, and I have a story. I hope you have time to listen. I know mostly, this is for women, but please consider my father, Victor. I’m 27 years old, and have been diagnosed with Schizoaffective and Obsessive-Compulsive disorders, but that isn’t the beginning of the story. My mother was very abusive to my father and me, both physically and emotionally.
She did not have the patience, nor the wherewithal to take care of a daughter. My dad had the courage to leave, and take care of me on his own when I was 8. He has loved, supported, and provided for me since that time. He raised me single-hand. There were a few times we had to sleep in the car, but we always had something to eat. When I was 9 to 12 years old, he worked a 2nd job at a convenience store, and I would go with him as we could not afford a sitter. Some weeks, he would take me to school, go to the first job in the morning, then, come and get me from school in the afternoon, go home to sleep for a few hours, and go to work at the convenience store until 6a. I’d go with him, and sleep in the back of the store, and he’d get me up and take me to school, and we’d do it all over again everyday. Those are some of the happiest memories in my life. He has done everything he can, and more for me. He guided me through those difficult teen years with love, understanding, and patience, being both mother and father to me. Then, at 21 when I was diagnosed with my disorders, he helped me to get to my appointments, and get my meds. He still does. I have wanted for so long to give him a diamond for Father’s Day. I could never do enough to repay him for everything he has done for me. Without him, I doubt I would be here. I must live with him, because my disorders prevent me from living on my own. He takes care of me just as happily now, as he did when I was a child. He is there with me through the triumphs and defeats of my disorders, celebrating and encouraging respectively. He does so much for me, so much more than I deserve. He is the best father in the world, and I am extremely lucky to have him. I cannot express how much.