Conversations with my Father

Sometimes I wonder how I became the crazy one.

I’m an addict.
I’ve been there. I understand.
NA doesn’t work for me.
You were never really an addict, then.

Maybe I should try Suboxone.
Can’t hurt to see if it will help.
I got a prescription.
You’re just replacing one drug for another.
I’m going to stop taking it.
You really shouldn’t do that without talking to your doctor and making a plan.
The plan is going to take longer than expected.
You need to get off that shit. You’re never going to get off that shit.

 

I heard some twisted statistics about welfare.
They should just cancel welfare altogether. Nothing but leeches.
I can’t contribute much to the bills.
Go down to the welfare office and see what they can do.

I’m tired and will do the dishes when I wake.
You don’t have to do them every day, just don’t let them overflow.
I’ll do them every other day.
You have to do these dishes! I hate coming home to this!

I’m in love.
I’ll always support you.
With a woman.
You can choose to be straight. Fucking freaks.

I bought Holden this awesome $3 toy.
He doesn’t need this much shit. You’re spending too much money.
It would be so cool to have a $500 used playhouse.
Here’s $2,000. You’re so good at finding deals and getting him great stuff.

I got an A on my paper.
You’re a smart, amazing woman.
It’s political. I took the liberal approach.
You’re young and ignorant.

I’ve been having emotional problems.
Nothing’s wrong with you.
You’ve been having emotional problems.
I’m depressed.

I want to see a psychiatrist.
All they do is force you to take pills you don’t need.
My doctor thinks there’s something wrong with me.
Hopefully that medication will help.
The medication is helping.
You shouldn’t be on it.

No need to wonder. It’s obvious. My father has turned me into my own contradiction.

 

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22 thoughts on “Conversations with my Father

  1. While I assume it was unintentional, I got quite the chuckle out of it.

    Mainly because the hypocritical nature of people tends to be humorous to me (while also being quite sad and maddening at the same time).

    I like the way that you’ve set this entry up. While not exactly a dialogue, it still fits the bill. The insight into Dad makes me think of similar conversations had with many others in my life. You’ve touched on something here that can’t be ignored and done it in a way that gives it a lighter mood (to me, any way).

    Thanks much for that. ;)

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    • Thank YOU so much! I was worried it came across as too bland.
      I’m absolutely horrible at dialogue — I’m actually writing a memoir with very little dialogue. To me, it’s only really important when it’s one or a few things someone said, and adds emphasis when thrown in here and there. I had planned on writing it a completely different way, but this is what came out. =]

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        • My whole blog (mostly) is brutally honest and provides raw truth about me. I had actually wanted to throw in that I have a mental disorder (though undiagnosed, but signs point to Bipolar) and it’s looking more and more like I may have inherited it from him, but I couldn’t figure out how to do so without just blatantly saying it. Dig around in some more posts if you want, you’ll learn a lot =]

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  2. Tempest, all I can say is Wow!! This is an amazing post and smells of Freshly Pressed, if you ask me. The fact that you can inject a little humor into something so serious is truly impressive. I knew there was a reason I liked you from Day One! :) Obviously, you’re one of the first I have to check when doing my blog rounds. Hugs girl!!

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    • Thank you so much! I seem to be writing shorter, more humorous pieces for Writing101. While part of me is upset I haven’t been able to get many opinion pieces in, a larger part is definitely happy and excited =]

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        • I know! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through. I joined Camp NaNoWriMo for July, too, so I’ll (hopefully) be pretty busy that month as well (the last time I tried I only wrote like 3 times, haha), but I can write whatever I want because the goal is to write/work on a novel, and mine is a memoir, so everything I write will have a place (though I’ll have to go back and edit). I plan on doing a lot more BloggingU challenges as well — my stats went up SO much since I joined, and I love how involved I’ve become.

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          • Hahaha, you slay me, too!

            I haven’t even signed in since I first signed up — I should probably do that. Hah. Tomorrow. I forgot about my recurring “Tired Toddler Thursdays” and JUST finished adding the past week’s photos to the album, so now I’m going to publish a quick reminder post and go to bed! Early for me, but I’m exhausted!

            Feel free to comment whenever (or email me — there’s a contact page on the menu towards the top of my blog) to discuss NaNoWriMo further =]

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