The Humble Portrait - Virginia - Paulino

The Humble Portrait - Virginia

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"We had a really great relationship until I was 5 years old. Then he wasn’t in the picture anymore. I went through this weird phase without a father. I had father figures like uncles and my older brother, but I never really had an actual father. I thought I could use everyone else’s dad as an example, but I still had a void for fatherly love and discipline. When I got older, I reached out to my father and discovered he was actually an amazing person. The most astonishing part was discovering him for who he actually is and not by what others made him out to be. I got to know him and he actually ended being someone I really enjoyed talking to and someone I could give my whole heart to. I saw him last year in the Dominican Republic for the first time and he was just as great as I thought he would be."