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Inmate Blog Entry: Thursday, February 8 2018

Inmate Blog Category: Family

Anthony Kelly's Profile
Age: 40
Location: Snyder, TX
Total Blog Entries: 1

I am faced with a huge dilemma. One that deeply bothers me and one that I believe call for a woman’s insight. I always swore to myself that I would be the best father that I could be to my kids. Unintentionally my relationship with my daughter has suffered severely due to the time I have spent incarcerated. Twenty years ago my daughter was born, making the greatest day of my life. I never would’ve guessed that my mistakes and errors in life would drive a wedge between us. I grew up believing that a man and fathers position was to provide for his family, as long as that was covered everything else is irrelevant. This frame of thinking led me to prison, resulting in me missing the majority of my daughter’s life. During this time away from her and family, I have come to realize that material things do not substitute the presence of a father. Every day I am faced with the fact that I have deeply hurt my daughter to the point where she has no dealings with me. Although my actions may not have shown it over the years due to the choices I've made, I love my daughter more than words can ever explain. Eight months ago she gave birth to her first child; a grandson that I wouldn’t know existed if other family members had not kept me updated. Could you please give me some suggestions on how to rebuild a relationship with my daughter?

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