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I’ve thought many times recently about my own adolescent hatred toward my father. “I hate you, Dad!” was my none-too-subtle truth, shouted to his face in my time of immaturity. I knew he loved me, but I routinely returned his love with hatred. I walled him off, pushing him from my life. I rejected any attempt he made to connect or reconnect. Today teens flip on their cell phone and text their friends. In the 1980s we ran to the second telephone in the house. At risk of being heard through the walls or my dad picking up the main line, I would call my friend across my little town and complain of the injustices I suffered in my home. He’d do the same, and our social network of two would have it out…
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