For quite a long time, I was the only person in my family who’d moved very far away from where we grew up.

It wasn’t always easy, and I know that it probably took a toll on my parents. And that’s with me being a full grown man.

The emotional toll of being apart from your kids as they’re actually growing up? It’s gotta be unbearable. And if these anonymous confessions from real parents are anything to go by, there are no easy answers.

10. “A 17 hour drive.”

The cat’s in the cradle…

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9. “She was scared.”

“She’s used to seeing me on Skype nowadays. That’s all.”

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8. “A bad mom.”

These things are never easy.

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7. “He’s so smart and independent.”

You wanna be there for every second.

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6. “I’m scared my kid will forget who I am.”

That’s a dark fear that’s tough to explore.

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5. “I did this for her.”

How does one escape a lose/lose situation?

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4. “One weekend a month.”

“I feel like I’m fading into the distance.”

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3. “I’m not going to lie.”

Worlds and worlds apart.

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2. “He holds my past over my head.”

When you put fear in the mix, the belief that someone can change evaporates away.

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1. “I wish we would have worked things out.”

The song so many of us have had to sing.

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There’s a lot of heartbreak in those words. Here’s to everyone who knows that struggle.

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