Mentally and physically abused by an alcoholic mother who was abandoned by her husband, my father lives his life behind the barriers and defense mechanisms he built in his psyche to protect his 'inner child.' This beaten dog syndrome has resulted in a tormented and tumultuous relationship between us (and that's putting it lightly). Yet, I know deep down he's a really good man.
I love you, Dad. My intention is for us to have an ever improving relationship.