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Instagram post by @elizabethwarrenma Elizabeth Warren

From the time I was in second grade, I wanted to be a teacher. But our family was a paycheck-to-paycheck family. By the time I was a senior in high school, we didn’t have the money for a college application, much less the money to send me off to school. I was sixteen, angry and miserable.

After one especially bitter battle with my mother, I threw some clothes in a bag and ran out of the house. Hours later, Daddy found me on a bench at the bus station downtown. He sat down beside me, and asked if I remembered the time after his heart attack.

I remembered. I’d been 12 years old, and I’d seen how fast a family could be turned upside down.

Daddy said it was the worst time in his life. "Your mother was at home when they took the station wagon,” he said in a low voice. “And then they said they were going to take the house. She cried every night.” Sitting there on the bench in the bus station, he told me that he had failed and that the shame had nearly killed him. He wanted to die.

What happened? I asked.

Daddy sat silently for a long time. Finally, he took my hand in both of his and held it tightly.

It got better, he said. Your mother found work. We made some payments. After a while, I went back to work. We had less money, but it was enough to get by. We got caught up on the mortgage. You seemed to do okay.

Finally he turned and looked at me. “Life gets better, punkin.” And he was right. Daddy and I headed home. It was a winding path, but I eventually made it through college and started teaching school. And once one door opened, so did another and another. Life got better.

I’ve carried that story in my pocket for decades. It was how I made it through the painful parts. Divorce. Disappointments. Deaths. When things get tough, I still hear my daddy’s voice, telling me to hang on. It’s a part of him that will always be with me.

Happy Father’s Day to all the daddies who are trying their hardest. Happy Father’s Day to every daddy who sets the example every day of what it means to care for the people you love. Happy Father’s Day to every daddy who tells a child, “Life gets better, punkin.”

974 Comments

  • 3d ago theoceanpeach theoceanpeach

    Happiest of happy birthdays to you @elizabethwarrenma :) thank you for continuing to fight for us!

  • 2d ago ramaro305 ramaro305

    Why you constantly liyjng

  • 2d ago ramaro305 ramaro305

    Why your only focus is misleading your voter? Tell them the true .Tell your voter that The New Health Bill is not perfect but is better than Obama No Care

  • 2d ago redstatesshouldsecede redstatesshouldsecede

    Elizabeth! Why aren't you or one of your Representatives, (a young female Progressive in the Senate, perhaps), on TV every single day screaming from the rooftops every idiotic thing Trump does? Trump did it for 8 years to Obama! THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEEDS A LOUD, SHARP, CHARASMATIC PERSON TO BE OUR VOICE!

  • 2d ago ramaro305 ramaro305

    @redstatesshouldsecede There is none all the Demofacist are a bunch of losers and winning bunch of College uneducated people. Racist and Haters

  • 2d ago niallover448 niallover448

    Happy birthday

  • 2d ago lmkmaddie lmkmaddie

    Happy birthday! Senator Warren, you inspire me so much! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

  • 2d ago jharris6226 jharris6226

    Your ideas are idiotic

  • 2d ago almavarilhesslama almavarilhesslama

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ The next president

  • 2d ago peacegurl96 peacegurl96

    Happy Birthday to an amazing woman, role model and leader! ☮️✌🏽👑❤️@elizabethwarrenma

  • 2d ago malikia219 malikia219

    @omgheyitsbriana

  • 2d ago vladisv vladisv

    Happy Birthday, Senator Warren!!!! 🎉🎉🎉💐💐💐💐

  • 2d ago benzomom benzomom

    Happy birthday thanks for all the hard work u do everyday for this country

  • 2d ago grant.pro grant.pro

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SENATOR AND SOON TO BE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE ELIZABETH WARREN ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • 2d ago sebastian_1267 sebastian_1267

    Happy birthday

  • 2d ago jayylove310 jayylove310

    Happy birthday ! We love you !!!!! 🖤

  • 2d ago eviesquadrille eviesquadrille

    Happy Birthday! Love you and all you stand for! ❤️❤️❤️

  • 2d ago rosie_atx rosie_atx

    There's is always another ☀️ day after the storms comes the 🌈!!!! Such a beautiful story @elizabethwarrenma you are such an inspiration to women!!!!

  • 2d ago twalley_ twalley_

    Happy birthday!

  • 2d ago sethedwards020 sethedwards020

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

  • 2d ago mbar09 mbar09

    Happy birthday and thank you for all you do for us in Massachusetts and beyond

  • 2d ago alanicstix alanicstix

    Happy birthday! And this post made me tear up, you are meant to do fantastic, earth shaking and CEILING shattering things ❤️

  • 2d ago soleheir soleheir

    I'm In Tears. This Is So Beautiful!

  • 2d ago vegnena vegnena

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Thank you for fighting for us.

  • 2d ago thaoabungaaaa thaoabungaaaa

    Happy birthday! As someone who shares your birthday and is a teacher, thank you for everything you do.

  • 2d ago yskinla yskinla

    So inspiring. Thank you for everything you do for this country. And HBD!

  • 2d ago alicia_samaan alicia_samaan

    This is everything. Thank you 🙏

  • 2d ago blissfulnique blissfulnique

    Awww Beautiful! 😄😍😄

  • 2d ago andreavashan andreavashan

    Glad I read this 💕

  • 2d ago annielub annielub

    😭💓

  • 2d ago venturaparadise venturaparadise

    I am now going to pretend this is my story. I really needed to read this today. Thank you for sharing your dad with us.

  • 2d ago patmc202 patmc202

    Wow! That's the fuel that drives you! Keep persisting!!!

  • 2d ago no13_baby no13_baby

    Thank you @elizabethwarrenma for a story that I needed to hear today.

  • 2d ago gelpen gelpen

    Thanks for the uplifting story! You give me hope that our country will get better. Thank you!

  • 2d ago le_voov le_voov

    Great post! 🙏🏻

  • 1d ago anamcc anamcc

    @isaamcc 😭😭😭 la amo tanto, so relateable

  • 1d ago maureen.keeler maureen.keeler

    Hard times for my parents and four brothers. It got better AND we were better people for it. Hard lessons make us stronger.

  • 15h ago simontreanor simontreanor

    Nice haircut. Who held the bowl??

  • 1h ago king_tutley king_tutley

    Very beautiful and inspiring! Brought me to tears😭 That is the same sentiment I try to tell the ones around me. Everything eventually will be okay. Nothing last forever.

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