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We all have lumps on our mountain that we must overcome in order to get to the top These lumps are the obstacles that shape who we are and affect who we become No matter the size of the lump they are always an impact in our lives The biggest lump that has shaped who I am now and has made me grow is my dad leaving our familyMy dad left our house when I was thirteen because his alcoholism was destroying our familyMy mom had given him the beer or family ultimatum so my dad grabbed his clothes and walked out our doorI can still hear him yell and mumble as he tumbled out of my liveI was shocked and I could not believe he had given me up that easilyHe crushed my world and broke my heartI did not know what to say or how to respond to the situationI always had hope that he would come back into the warmth of our house but that hope vanished when I slowly lost contact of him I never thought someone who had given me life would ever leave my side I was so worried because I did not know how my mom was going to keep our home functioning The first few months were the hardest I would come home to a quiet house when it was usually filled with arguments and laughs I no longer had someone to walk with me to school or run with me at the park I had no one to give me guidance of boys that wanted to break my heart or someone to hug me through it all I had no one to protect me from danger or the monsters at night I had no one to teach me important lessons about life or to tell me right from wrong I had to get used to all these changes but
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