Bubble's paternal grandfather has been AWOL for six months. But then, he is notorious for disappearing for months at a time so this is nothing unusual. He is an alcoholic and has been battling with this for the last 17 years. For a period of about 5 years he was dry... he was even in attendance at our wedding. Everyone thought he was a very charming and affable man. But then his wife passed away from cancer and he fell into the drink again and has not really made it out since.
It is difficult for Wad to discuss his father. He has experienced alot of pain and hardship as a result of choices his father made. He will never forget that, ultimately, when forced to choose between his family and the drink, his father chose to drink.
Is it odd for me to say that I am grateful for the way Wad's father treated him? Wad's father, through his maltreatment of Wad, has actually solidified Wad into the most dependable and caring man. A completely devoted father. He has vowed never to let his wife and family down. He works like a slave to keep us afloat in this recession. He cannot get enough of Bubble and is desperate for the time that is just him and her.
The complete opposite to the way his father behaved in a very similar situation.
It's a sad story and one that most likely will not have a happy ending. But I am grateful for the influence that Bubble's grandad has had on her father because we are in a much stronger position as a family because of him.