Blood Ties, But The Branch Still Dies

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Sometimes, people turn out to be not what they seem to be or who we would like or need them to be. For Kaleb Chase, that person was his father.

I used to think that family always stuck together. However, the evidence against that drove my father away from me right before my eyes.

On May 20th, 2011, I was at a friend’s birthday party. I walked home after having a great time, and I was ready to tell my parents how much fun I had. As I approached my house, I saw my Dad walking down the driveway and getting into his truck. I tried waving at him but he never looked back at me. He drove off so quickly I had no time to call out to him a second time. When I walked into my house I saw my mom, hysterically crying on the floor. That was the last day I ever saw my father.

Even after this, I still believed that he was somehow a good person. I made many excuses for him. For many years, I tried to lessen the heartbreak by saying that he still loves me and cares for me because “He’s my father, he has to love me.” When I was told that if I didn't cry all the time, he would still be here right now, I believed it; because I grew up thinking my Father could do no wrong.

However, I learned many things about him over the years. My parents both did a good job of hiding what he did to protect the image I had of him. He stole a relative’s jewelry to sell for drugs. He burned all my mom's personal pictures of us because he wanted her to only have pictures of him, which is why I don't have any baby photos of myself, and he stole from my personal savings account my mom had been investing in for years.

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“The majority of the money was mine anyways”, he said as he took $1000 to help pay for his truck. These are just a few of the things that he did over the first 10 years of my life.

All of the things I learned were eye opening. I now know that my Father wasn't the hero I once thought he was. He lied, manipulated, and broke apart the family without me even knowing. Learning how all this happened behind the scenes flipped my entire world view. I used to constantly wish that he would come back, but now I hope that he stays gone.

Despite the initial heartbreak, it turned out that leaving was one of the best acts that he could have done. He is a complete stranger to me now and that's for the best.

With a Perspective, I’m Kaleb Chase.

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Kaleb Chase is a student at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale.

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