Finally: “I had a half sibling that no one talks about. My parents have been together since they were 16, have been married for 25 years, and had four children. When talking about how they got together, they made it seem like they were each other’s first real relationship. I always just assumed they hit the jackpot and fell in love with the first person they ever dated. However, when I was 15, my dad hosted a big work party at my parents’ house. I had a school event that night, so when I got home around 11:00 p.m., my dad was pretty sloshed. I had never seen him this drunk before and honestly found the whole scenario to be pretty funny. He started telling me how proud of me he was. He then started talking about how much worse he was than me when he was my age.
“He revealed that at 13, he had joined a gang, and at 15, he got his then-girlfriend pregnant. Unfortunately, when his ex-girlfriend was 26 weeks pregnant, she went into labor, and the baby died a couple of hours later. This was apparently enough to set him straight. He moved to Michigan to live with his mom and get away from the gang. He finished high school, met and married my mom, and joined the military. I had an amazing childhood, and it’s all due to my dad working his ass off to provide us with a better life. We haven’t talked about what he said since that night, and I don’t think my siblings know. However, it really helped me understand how much my dad overcame, and I feel so lucky to have him as my dad.”