Matt dropped me off the next morning and I walked in expecting the same old bullshit but it didn't happen.
"Dad? I'm home..."
"Hey! Let's go out for lunch, where'd you want to go?"
What? Lunch? He's up before 12? What's happening.
"Dad, you feeling okay?"
"Yeah, I'm 47 Reen, I need to grow up and start being a dad. I keep watching you fall and keep laughing and I'm too drunk to pick you up. I mean I could barely pick myself up and I'm sorry. Really."
"I'll be ready in an hour and we'll go to McDonalds," I said smiling.
I was so happy. What was going on. Everything was changing and it was great.
"Hey dad, can we invite my boyfriend Matt? I want you to meet him." I say hoping for a positive outcome.
"Yeah sure, I'd love to remind the young lad what he's got coming if he fucks over my little girl and breaks her heart."
I couldn't help but laugh at his response. But I also giggled to myself a bit when he said 'fucks over my little girl' cause if he took out the over I'd have had to have said 'too late.'
I got ready and put on my favourite little blue dress with my white flower crown and it was safe to say that I looked hot man. I walked down the stairs in my white converse expecting my dad to tell me off for having my shoes on upstairs, but still, nothing. He would not break and it felt nice just knowing that I've got a dad again. When my mom died everything went down hill. He started drinking and doing drugs then they threatened to take me away from him so he stopped the drugs but continued with the alcohol. But I'm willing to look past all that now. I've got a dad and that's all that matters.
We arrived at McDonalds parking lot and waited for Matt. We waited two long minutes of silence until I saw him pull in. We got out of the car, I kissed Matt and then I introduced him to my dad and my dad to him as they shook hands. It was so nice having everything come together for once. My dad was able to respect the fact that I was growing up and although he wasn't there for me as a kid he's here for me now and that's all that matters in my opinion.
We sat down until we all decided what we wanted to eat. My dad went up to line up to order while I sat there talking to Matt.
"So, what's made him change?" Matt hesitantly asked.
"He said he needs to grow up and start being a dad and start being there for me when I fall. Start picking me up instead of being a piss head and barely being able to pick himself up."
"Wow, I bet you're well chuffed then?" He said with the biggest smile on his face.
"Well yeah, I have my dad, my best friend, and an amazing boyfriend. What more do I need?"
"A job, a car, money, a hou-"
"Funny one you are Matt." I replied with a high amount of sarcasm.
Dad brought back the food and damn I never thought McDonalds could taste so perfect, but I was so happy and the food was well food and it was all just great.
I finally start living and the world just completely opens up. I thought to myself, and this was all I could think about. Every day waking up and every night going to sleep.