The Love of a Father...
Surfing around on YouTube, I came across this video:
How much is enough? While I feel for the son, I can tell his father loves him very much and is showing tough love. The son is extremely damaged and a danger to the mom and dad. Can a mentally messed and manipulative child ever change and recover from the abyss?
I don't even know why this Dr. Phil episode touched me the way it did. It's a complex dynamic and one can sympathize with both sides. Maybe I'm wishing my own dad cared more for me. Growing up I'd always feel he was indifferent. Maybe he didn't love us as much. And then he left us.
I wish I could seen him more often. But when I do, our interactions almost seem forced and mechanical and our conversations always perfunctory. Come to think of it, I don't recall ever hearing an "I love you" from him.