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‘I’ve been looking for you my whole life, Papa, and now I get TWO dads for the price of one!!’ I welcomed her with open arms.’: Man discovers daughter after ‘life-changing’ DNA test, ‘She is so incredibly beautiful, inside and out!’

“A few weeks into quarantine, I received a message from a young woman. ‘I am your daughter and I have been looking for you my whole life!!!’ WHAT?!?! I’m a gay man and my husband and I have been together almost 20 years. She said, ‘I understand if you need some time. I’m an adult and don’t need anything. I just want to know my dad.'”

‘What could your excuse possibly be, Dad? You’ve known about the dance for weeks!’: Single father says dads aren’t ‘showing up’ enough, ‘I am doing all I can to cherish her’

“Saying ‘I love you’ when they are going to bed is not nearly enough. You can’t be over-present. They want our time. Our warmth. Our interest in their lives. There are many fathers who aren’t engaged enough (or at all) with their daughters. That crushes me. This is one of life’s most honorable privileges.”

‘All I could muster at the party was, ‘Are you serious?’ over and over, as if my husband would use such heavy words to joke. ‘Yes, they found him in his room.’: Woman recalls complicated relationship with incarcerated father

“‘I have to get naked and bend over. They want to make sure I’m not sneaking anything in my butt cheeks.’ After a revolving door of drugs and women, and a lifetime of waiting for you to change, I gave up. It felt like a knife on your exposed flesh. I could see it in your eyes but that wasn’t enough to make me say ‘Dad.’ I’d be damned before I let you in again.”

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