Posts by Charlene Alofs

Charlene is the author of her memoir My Other Left: A Wicked Pissah Memoir on Finding Your Way. When she isn’t writing, you can find her on the pickleball court or traveling to the mountains every chance she gets. She dreams of one day living simply and off the grid, far removed from the south Florida humidity and her frizzy bad hair days. You can find her on Substack, Facebook and Instagram.

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How I Found My Worth in Spite of My Father’s Abandonment

“Because if I myself saw my worth, I wouldn’t base my worthiness on someone else’s seeing it.” ~Unknown

I can’t be sure which title I would have preferred. Daddy, Poppa, Pa, Dad. Aren’t these the endearing titles one earns when they live up to all that it means in the role of the first and most important man in a little girl’s life?

The one who she can count on for love, guidance, comfort, and safety. The one who she adores. The one who teaches her how to play soccer or baseball because she is a tomboy through and through. …