Quite a few years ago now, a man came into my life and changed it in a big way and this is for him.

To the grumpiest man in the world at times who also has the sweetest heart. Thank you for coming into my life all those years ago. You have rescued me on a few occasions and saved my ass on so many more. You have taught me that you don’t always have too strong. You are allowed to break down as long as you pick yourself back up.

You taught me to expect more for myself and see the world differently. I have learned to treat the world differently and walk away from people who don’t see my worth. I know that you didn’t know what to expect becoming my ‘roomie’ for 10 magical days all those years ago but you were more than the best Christmas gift ever, you are my family. I have never been more proud to know someone and to call them my adopted Dad. Thank you for inspiring me in life. Thank you for making me want to be a better person who deserves to be treated well.

Thank you for dealing with my immaturities and tantrums. My tinder dates with hammers, all the crazy ex boyfriends you had to deal with, my antics and so much more. There is no one else I’d rather wig out police with while eating ice cream at 3 am.

Even if I’m hard to deal with at times (all the time), you never left, like everyone else seems to. Instead, you stayed and still try to understand and push me to not give up on my son. I love that you are proud of me and you are one of the very few opinions I care about in this life.

Our friendship has taught me to appreciate the small moments and to not rush through my life.  Without you at times I wouldn’t be where I am today. I love that I’m no longer the ‘single white female in crisis’ and needing your help and now a much more stable version. I love the times you stop by to check in and end up staying all night while we sit here chatting. You are my favourite Dad to spend Father’s Day with or just watch a sunrise on a mountain with you and so much more I can’t mention for ‘legal reasons’.

You have walked with me through some of the most turbulent times in my life and for that, I am eternally grateful and I will always do the same for you.

Thank you Mr Appleton for being you.

I am a mother of one, artist and blogger from Australia. I write children’s books and want to introduce awareness education for children in all schools. This is my journey from domestic violence and beyond. Where it will end up is anyone's guess. Share in my story....

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