Part #3--My father Claude H. Thorp
Part #5-Dad, you should know

Part #4-My dad left me some souvenirs

I can now see more plainly how my father's actions affected my life.

Let me be clear.  I'm not complaining.  I've been very blessed.  My mom loved me unconditionally.  I have a wife who is a gift straight from God and I have two kids who have made the word "dad" a positive word in my vocabulary.  I love being a father.  I feel the cycle of bad fathering on my father's side has stopped with me.

Now, it's time to use my experience to help others in similar situations.  The cycle needs to be stopped for others.  And, government won't do it, nor will programs.  I've know what would have made the difference for me.