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A death in the family can teach a person a lot about life My Father died when I was about 7 yrs old As Ive grown up I have realized the many differences there are to growing up without a dad My mother went to work full time after my father died out of a need to support us so she was gone a lot of the time I have an older brother who took it upon himself to be the discipline Needless to say that didnt work out very well We were both young and I didnt recognize my brother as an authority figure Because of this there was a lot of rivalry between us As teenagers we turned to alcohol and pot because they seemed to help us deal with emotions that were otherwise unexpressed My brother and I were able to hide our using from our mother for a lot of years She was a restaurant manager and her job kept her away from home for 12 hrs a day There were of course those exceptions like holidays such as New Years and Christmas Parties and Concerts where hiding our use became impossible so we didnt even try We would play it off like these happenings were few and far between There was never any real discipline over these incidents Our mother felt that we were going through the same thing all teenage kids went through There were of course those times when my mother did try to discipline us As my brother and I were both big boys the few times our mother got mad enough to hit us she would hurt herself more then us Other times she would put us on restriction but as she worked 12 hrs a day we would only have to be there at night After high school my brother and I both pretty much cleaned up our act Growing up with out a
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