Through the Crack in the Bathroom Door
Hi, my name is Allyson and I am 13 years old. I want to tell my story to people that might understand where I am coming from and help you understand what you do not want your 13-year-old to go through.
My father is an active addict and has been for ALL my life. I have really seen a lot and I guess I just started to notice that my father isn’t in my life. He is always there physically, but never there for me. He comes home everyday from work and goes right to the bathroom. I sneaked down the hall and looked through the crack in the bathroom door and now I know what my father is all about and why he isn’t there for me. He comes out and acts like a person but not a Dad. He knows nothing about me.
When I showed him my report card he said “Oh, yeah, how is 7th grade going? You’re 14 years old, right?” I just laughed, because I can’t cry anymore. I said “No, Dad, I am in 8th grade and I am 13 years old.”
I want other kids my age to understand that if it is your Mother or Father that is an active addict, they will never be there in your life, even if they are in your home they are not in your life. Be strong and know they love you, but they need help.
I will always remember my father by the crack in the bathroom door and it is so sad but I am strong and going on in life and I am going to be someone. So, have faith and be true to yourself. Don’t let self pity bring you down. Sure it has been tough, but everyone has problems. What matters is what you do with your life. It is all up to you.
Thanks for reading my story, Allyson