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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.”

1022 Comments

  • 19w ago michaelascarie michaelascarie

    @lisaajacksonn

  • 19w ago observer.001 observer.001

    Inspiring father! No wonder you are so wonderful. You are so much like so many of us Americans!❤️❤️❤️

  • 19w ago w.zeller w.zeller

    And now you're lying to everyday Americans and stealing their money. Truly an amazing story❤️

  • 19w ago andreainstsgram andreainstsgram

    What a beautiful story 😍

  • 18w ago blonderoses23 blonderoses23

    Your dad sounds so much like mine it's uncanny. It's such a relief to have a woman like you in politics. One who has actually experienced the reality that so many politicians refuse to acknowledge or try to fix. Thank you for the hope. @elizabethwarrenma

  • 18w ago veronica1r veronica1r

    Ms. Warren this is a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it...I believe that everything in life happens for a reason, and I looked to your IG account today as I'm struggling with a lot of emotions today. It was meant for me to read your story and I will tell my son, "life gets better, pumpkin." Thank you!

  • 18w ago markthezar markthezar

    Is that your cousin Eli and uncle Peter ?

  • 18w ago indweedgr3 indweedgr3

    What a Great story ! Now tell the one about how the DNC helped Hilldahag destroy her pc's and cell phones with hammers 🤣🤣🔨 That's a great story ! And also why she in the woods 😁

  • 18w ago indweedgr3 indweedgr3

    #Trumptime 💪 You mad ?

  • 18w ago isaiahhc isaiahhc

    wow, beautiful story

  • 17w ago kaleigh_post kaleigh_post

    ❤️

  • 17w ago sexycappuccino sexycappuccino

    OMGhhh!!! I'm sharing this story with my daughter!! Such a beautiful and inspiring legacy he left and instilled within you!! 😘😘

  • 17w ago sexycappuccino sexycappuccino

    Shared on Facebook too!!

  • 17w ago daisie_v daisie_v

    This is incredibly inspiring. You are an inspiration to our nation.

  • 16w ago kalliepalm kalliepalm

    @ahoffman06 weeping.

  • 16w ago therobinoro therobinoro

    @izzy_oropeza

  • 15w ago qaztheone qaztheone

    You're a joke I hate you you're just a typical republican stooge working the system in your favor

  • 13w ago susanmcc50 susanmcc50

    You inspire me. I'm reading your book "Fighting Chance" the world needs more ppl like you who struggled and fought for the little guy. I'm Canadian but I've been following you since what's his name got into office lol...keep inspiring 💟

  • 13w ago 1stcls 1stcls

    ... This literally brought tears to my eyes. It does get better. Thank you for sharing this 🙏💜🌈

  • 9w ago ezravoss ezravoss

    God you're inspirational!♡ Run for 2020! Please

  • 9w ago monramboz monramboz

    Student loan debt. Your silence on this issue

  • 9w ago goinlevel10 goinlevel10

    #shiva4senate #youareboughtandpaidfor #learjetliberal

  • 9w ago bobsoddities bobsoddities

    Blah, blah, blah ................

  • 7w ago emejune emejune

    I'm in tears. That must have felt so wonderful to have him come look for you. What a gift he gave -✨

  • 5w ago jcamny jcamny

    Amazing story @elizabethwarrenma Thank You for sharing. Never Give Up🙏🏽

  • 5w ago seely7 seely7

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • 1w ago kristinfehrman kristinfehrman

    @chelseemcclintock

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