He always demanded perfection in everything, and my brother and I went through our adolescence, often coming into conflict with him. Then our father brought home a stepmother who didn’t like us from the start and didn’t even
tried to hide it. Later, our stepmother convinced our father to send my brother and me to an orphanage.
We hoped until the end that this would not happen. But our father was adamant, and we changed our place of residence. At first he visited us twice a year, then he completely forgot about us.
At first we were sad because our father had abandoned us for his stepmother, but then we realized that life at the orphanage was even better than at home.
Our lives have gone well; We are adults now, have our own families and children, and we are still as close as we were when we were children. Now our father is looking for us.
A father who had no contact with us for decades. A father who, because of a woman, sent his own sons to an orphanage. But it’s not because he realized how much he loves us.
The reason is simple: his wife left him after her hand had to be amputated due to gangrene. Now he can’t take care of himself, and suddenly he needs us.
It was only to have a conversation with our father that my brother and I agreed to meet him. We were curious to hear how our father, who had once abandoned us and now somehow expects help from us, would explain his actions.
But instead of explanations or excuses, we heard a new list of instructions. After listening carefully, we made it clear to our father that no one intended to follow them, and we cut him out of our lives for good.