A person that not only have I encountered, but who has been with me for the last twenty years and has had a great effect on my life is my father. No matter what, my father has always been there for me. Before I was born my dad broke his back at work and was out of a job for fifteen years. I felt awful that he had gotten hurt, but I am also happy because fourteen out of those fifreen years he was out of work he was always around to take care of me. My dad is always doing whatever he can to make my family and I happy and as a teenager I took most of it for granted. wever, the last couple of years I think I have grown up a lot and now I am a lot like my father because now I want to do anything to make him happy, also I realized if it was not for him I would not be sitting here writing this essay. Ever since I was in elementary school my father told me that school is the most important thing in the world. He didn’t go to school, so like any father would, he wanted to give his son the opprotunity he never had. To motivate me he would tell me, “If I ever want to be a Derek Jeter, I would have to do good in school. “Really dad?
But you don’t math and science to play baseball. ” I would say back in a confused voice. He would just laugh and say, “No you don’t need them to play baseball, but you still need to be smart to play. ” I would agree and get out of the car to play the sport I used to love. I used to love those car rides, until my dad decided to get a new job. I did not like him working because I was used to him always being around to bring me to school, pick me up from baseball practice, and just talk to him about my day on the ride home. Everything changed. I felt like I lost my bestfriend.
Therefore, I guess I felt like I had to replace him and i became closer with my friends from school. My dad and I never had anything to talk about anymore. I went from telling my dad everything to not even talking to him. I was losing him and thinking about it now it seemed like i didn’t even care. My Junior and Senior years of high school were the best times with my friends, but the worst times with my family. My Junior year I had a girlfriend from a different town that I met at a party. It happened to be my sister’s boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend.
My sister was stubborn so she didn’t want the to happen so she tried everything to break us up. My dad and I weren’t so close anymore and I only had my friends, but I felt like I needed to talk to him about it. He never wanted to talk about the situation because he didn’t want to choose a side between my sister and I. My sister turned my other two sisters against me and my mom so I just stayed away from home as much as possible. My girlfriend was the only person I felt cared for me because I barely saw my family anymore and she was always there for me.
By the summertime of Senior year I felt that nobody cared how I felt in my house so I moved in with my friend. This was a hard thing for me to do, I didnt want to leave, but something was telling me I had to. I was scared because if something ever happened between the family and I my sister was always there to help, but her being the reason I left I had no one to turn to. My dad texted me after one month of not talking at all and said, “I consider you my best friend, I hope you know that. ” I didn’t answer it.
One month after his text I broke up with my girlfriend and that same day went home and the first person i tried talking to was my dad. Before I could even get a sentence out he said, “I don’t even want to hear it, your my bestfriend and bestfriends fight, I understand why you are left and I’m just glad you are home. ” “I’m sorry dad I will never leave like that again I promise and I want to spend more time together,” I said in a relieved voice. The rest of the summer I spent more time with my dad then I did in the past four years.
We played baseball, went crabbing, helped him cook, watched the yankees, and everything else we did when I was younger and even though some things were boring to me then I still enjoyed them because I was with my dad and it made him happy. One month later I was in college, everything was good at home, and most importantly I got my most influential best friend back, my dad. I wouldn’t be half the person I am today if it wasn’t for him and my motivation to do good in school now, is not to become Derek Jeter and make myself happy it is to make my father happy becasue he deserves it. He is the best father a son could ask for.