Afterward, he moved to a small town about 1,500 miles away from his old home.
While living in this tiny town, he wound up keeping his same job but meeting a different woman. They got married and had one child together. He’s still with her to this day.
At the same time, his kids from his previous marriage would visit and stay with him during summers and over school breaks.
“I thought they enjoyed the summers. They built go-karts and raced them one year, and we were always camping, etc.,” he detailed.
His eldest eventually dropped out of high school, and his two younger sons moved in with him and his wife to finish their final years of high school.
And now, all of his children have grown up. They’ve had kids of their own, and he is now a grandfather to 10 grandchildren– who are all starting to grow up, too.
He, on the other hand, is slowly dying. He still has both good and bad days, but the good ones are becoming more rare.
“My youngest son, from my current marriage, called my second youngest for support after having dealt with me on a particularly bad day,” he explained.
“My youngest thinks his older brothers hold a great deal of resentment toward him for being my ‘replacement family.'”
Moreover, his kids from his previous marriages are resentful because he left them with his ex-wife as a mother– who did not spend the child support money on necessities, like electricity or even running water.
Now, he has not yet spoken to his oldest kids about what he learned from his youngest. And he’s not even sure if he should bring the conversation up to them or let his sons come to him.