I supported my parents more than half my life because I genuinely believed my parents loved me and I wanted to help them. Turns out, Momloved me, but Dad? He skated on the strength of her love and sacrifice which was so strong he could mimic both just from the reflected glow.
I share these harsh details to express that I know why I started off slow financially and why I used to treat money like it’s worthless. It was used against me, it was kept from me, and aside from the candy bar instance or my mom’s gambling issues, it wasn’t discussed.
But what it came down to was the fact that the toll of being the sole income earner (while he failed to contribute to the relationship in any significant way) was seriously impacting my well-being – physical, mental, emotional. Stress is a killer. It finds its way out, one way or another.
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