I've never had a father figure in my life, my folks divorced when we me and my brother were very young, still in nappies, I have no recollection of him whatsoever and have never had any contact, no birthday cards, no Christmas presents,no nothing. My mother worked two jobs to keep us and as a few people have said, we didn't have a lot but we had a happy loving upbringing and generally have a lot of good memories. It has never bothered me not having him around as my maw kept us in tow without being over strict. I was a father myself at a young age..20 and was married at 21, we were young and daft, my wife comes from a very strong family background and although we were not frogmarched down the aisle it all seemed to come around very quick. The one thing I always said to myself is that I would always be there for my son and as far as I am aware I have been, trying to guide him and I have always been open and honest with him, I have enjoyed being a dad and on his wedding day last year It was the proudest day of my life. He has turned into a fine young man, hard working, well mannered, well liked socially and professionally in his career and I would like to take a bit of credit for that. We get on well and I enjoy having a pint with him, we can joke and we can be serious. I work away overseas and can be away for long periods at times and he's always texting me and generally keeps in touch at least a couple times a week. I said to him when I was heading off a few years ago abroad at work that he was the man in the house now, he stepped up to help look after his maw and sister when I was away and for that I will always be grateful and proud. A good solid relationship, something I never had or knew but I do enjoy our times as his "Faither" and as his mate.