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  • Dear Dad,

    My name is Hector Barbarin, I am 17 years old, and you may not know me but you might remember my mother Yeni Barbarin. You and her were going out very young. Well, do you remember when she got pregnant? I am that boy who was born. I just want to say that you have missed so many important things that happened in my life and you weren't there. For starters, you weren't there on the day when I was born, the day when I said my first words, the day I started to walk, the first day I went to school, the first talk that I did at my Kingdom Hall, the day when my Kingdom Hall announced that I am an Unbaptized Publisher, and the day when they promoted me from Middle School to High School. The most important day of all is when I got accepted to CSUSM. The reason I’m writing this letter is because I was assigned to write a letter.

    Now, I just want to thank you for not being there for me. It would have been nice if you could come and see me. But, thank you for not being there for me because I was able to grow up without a father. You made me realize that I was able to become independent. I was able to be raised by a single mother and she was able to handle taking care of me, and the she was also a father figure too. The most important person who was a father to me was God; he was there when I needed him and he was the greatest father I ever had. But, I want to thank you because I really did not need you in my life.

    Hector Barbarin
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