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Terrible Childhood - Wonderful Life
02/07/2011
IconDr. Laura- I am your typical Bad Childhood - Good Life case. I come from a large family, my father was a drug addict for the first 16 yrs of my life and my mother was never able to overcome the abuse she suffered as a child and spent most of her days playing the victim role and infecting us kids with her burdens of abuse. My husband and I have been married for 12 years and could never be happier. I have been listening to you since I was 17, around the time I meet my husband. I have read many of your books and truly believe because of you, I am the loving mother to my kids and sexy girlfriend to my husband. A few months back I came to the realization my father did not love us kids enough to stop his drug addiction and support us kids as a father should. I never knew what it was like to have a dad go to work daily, work hard to support his wife and kids.   One night a couple of weeks ago I told my husband thank you for going to work everyday and working so hard for me and the kids, I explained to my husband how much it means to me that he is willing to work so hard for our family and how I never had that as a child with my dad. I went on to say how much I appreciate his dedication and daily support to our family. My husband replied, "You don't have to say thank you.  It is my job to take care of you and the kids... I wouldn't have it another way." That night I thanked God for blessing me with such a devoted father for my children, something I never thought I would know. The other day my husband came home from another hard day's work to say "Honey, I thought of you today and something you said to me... I was digging in a ditch, the temperature was about 100 + and the smoke from the fires was making the air miserable to be in... For a second I thought this stinks, why am I down in this ditch digging t his hole? And then I heard your voice in my head and what you said to me the other night about how much it means to you that I go work everyday. As soon as I heard your voice remind me of what you said, I told myself I know why I am here ... for my family and Honey that gave me all the motivation I needed to finish the day.  Thank you." You see what I mean?  Life can be good after a terrible childhood and with your help I am able to let go of the awful past and accept a wonderful life and all the blessing that come with it. Thank you, you have helped me be the wife and mother I am today. From a lucky wife and a happy husband!
Tags: Behavior, gratitude, Marriage, parenting, Values, Women's Point of View
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