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    arlam, Canadian Reader, Downtowner

    My dad died when I was 17, and I've always felt robbed.

    See, I have an older sister who was always "Daddy's Girl." I was just the other sister. My father and I were never allowed to get very close because of their prior relationship and his job that took him overseas for nearly two weeks of every month when I was growing up.

    When he retired and we moved away from the rest of the family, I was still in school (my parents were kind of old when I was born), so I was suddenly the only child. He was mine and mine alone for one brief, wonderful year before he dropped dead of an unexpected heart attack. It turns out that in many ways, he was just like me.

    The years since then have been hard, without him to give me away at my wedding or to see the grandchildren who are a lot like him. And it's very, very true that the relationship a father has with his daughter affects her relationships with men for the rest of their lives. Maybe if we had had a better relationship, and if he hadn't had to go so soon, my life wouldn't have been such a mess.

    You, OCD, now that you HAVE found her, and she seems accepting of you, don't you DARE let her slip away. It's very important now.

    And it will be very important long after you are dead and gone. Be there while you have the chance.

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