June 16, 2015
Her relationship with her father consisted of voice tapes, long letters, and weekly phone calls. She grew up in a home with no adults, and learned early on that her decisions counted, especially if they were bad. Every Christmas she would receive a package from Lisbon with the message "to my little princess." In the first 10 years sure, they were precious reminders of her dad's unwavering love. But nowadays they are mere reminders of his decision to abandon her. There is guilt disguised as love, she realizes, as she prepares to throw her collection of identical sad ballerina figurines.