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Dear Deadbeat Dad…I Have a Voice

Dear Deadbeat Dad,

  • When you didn’t pay your child support, I knew. No one had to tell me.

The money didn’t come out of the machine.

  • When the money didn’t come out of the machine, we went back home.

When we went back home, my mom had to get creative with dinner. 

  • When you didn’t pay your child support, it wasn’t funny.

They shut off the electricity.

  • When they shut off the electricity,

There was no light. I couldn’t see to do my homework.

There was no internet. I couldn’t do my homework.

There was no hot water. I couldn’t bathe. 

The refrigerator wouldn’t keep our food cold.

The stove wouldn’t light.

The phone wouldn’t work.

I kept switching on the switches. I kept turning things on. Nothing turned on.

There was no heat. We had no heat because you didn’t pay your child support.

My mom had to tell my teacher. 

I was embarrassed.

My teacher was embarrassed.

My mom said, “Abe Lincoln became president. He didn’t have electricity. Do your best.”

I said, “Abe Lincoln would have paid his child support.”

  • When you didn’t pay your child support, I knew.

We couldn’t put gas in the car.

My mom had to call my coach. I was embarrassed.

My mom told me I wasn’t the one who should be embarrassed.

I was embarrassed. 

 My mom was embarrassed.

The coach was embarrassed. 

My teammates had to play without me.

 I was embarrassed.

My teammates were embarrassed.

My friends were embarrassed.

My Mom said it wasn’t me who should be embarrassed. 

  • When you didn’t pay your child support, it wasn’t funny.

They took our car away.

  • When they took our car away…

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